PSG held as battle for third gets murky in Ligue 1

PSG held as battle for third gets murky in Ligue 1

It seems surprising that for a team with a collection of superstars, Paris Saint Germain did not win over the weekend, and that was against mid-table Lille. Maybe Laurent Blanc saw the Ligue 1’s points margin over second-placed Monaco, a whopping 24, was good enough to rest some key players, what with PSG hosting Chelsea at the Parc des Princes for a Champions League encounter.

There was no Zlatan Ibrahimovich, Thiago Silva or Thiago Motta for the affair, but with Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore or Blaise Matuidi all in the team sheet, the Parisians should have won their seventeenth consecutive game across all competitions. Lille put a stop to that with a barren stalemate.

Below PSG is where the action gets interesting. AS Monaco can be caught, the principality side is only six points ahead of Nice after a 1-1 draw away to in-form fourth placed Saint Etienne who are also on 40 points. There is a chasing pack behind, with Nice leading a group of 10 teams separated by six points.

Nice would have been only four points behind Monaco, had the Eaglets not drawn 1-1 with 11th placed Olympique Marseille, in the Derby de Sud at Nice’s Allianz Riviera. Elsewhere, Olympique Lyon hammered Caen 4-1, and that result tees up Lyon well for some tough encounters against Lille and the table toppers in the coming couple of weeks.

Nantes defeated Lorient 2-1 at home to go to 39 points, level with Lyon, while Stade Rennais beat Angers 1-0 at home to exchange positions with the visitors and move to one point off Nantes. Bordeaux also climbed up to ninth with a 4-2 away victory over lowly Guingamp.

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