So you want french Ligue 1 to remain a 2nd zone championship ? The european market being what it is we cannot restrict the few teams that are able to compete financially. And these teams are even getting fewer while Marseille and Lyon went on drastic salary cuts this summer, even if I think things will change in Lyon once they'll have their stadium. And while these top teams are heading on salary cuts, others in Russia and even in China are starting to recruit top Euro players. I seriously think we couldn't afford this 75%.
I'm curious to know what type of recruitment Moncao will lead next year when in Ligue 1. I think we can guess that they should go for an above average after having recruited Ocampos for 11M while in L2. And there main asset will be being in Monaco.
It's not the politics forum so I won't develop, but I personally don't think Ligue 1 should be seen as having more importance than the country's policies.
And yes I've followed L1 where we can't compete on the european stage because we do'nt allow debts. And I think it's great.
As for Monaco, they already have signed multiple top level players. I'm sure they'll challenge for a european spot next year.
Why do Monaco have such poor attendances? I realise their attendance is astronomical if you choose to only consider the population of the principality itself but when you take the fact that Monaco is basically a suburb of Nice into consideration their attendance of 5500-6000 starts looking really poor. You'd figure that a club with their history in a region that populous would have attendances at least twice that, even in Ligue 2.
Are people from the Côte d'Azur just not very bothered about football in general?
Lyon now lead the league, despite having sold most of their top players in the summer.
And playing some great football.
They are relying on their exceptionnal 1991 generation and lots of youngsters are starting (Grenier, Lacazette, Umtiti, Fofana) and playing great football.
Grenier especially is getting some attention and is talked about for the NT. Definately a possibility IMO.
They're a joy to watch right now and they might even sell some more in the winter (Bastos, Reveillère, Lisandro).
And now PSG are 4th in the league, 5 whole points behind Lyon. In fact, they're only 1 point avobe 7th place Rennes.
They don't even have a win in half the games they've played.
Worse, after 15 games last year, Antoine Kombouaré, without Ibrahimovic (who has scored 13 of PSG's 24 goals this season), without Thiago Silva, without Verratti, without Lavezzi and without Van Der Wiel (who has sucked like crazy) had 5 more points than Ancelotti this year.
Crisis is ON big time.
Rumors (and I stress the word rumors) are that the qataris are ready to say goobye to both Ancelotti and Leonardo.
They've contacted Guardiola who has refused to come now, but who has interest in coming next summer. Wenger and Mourinho are on the short list.
To finish the season, Gerets could be called. Makelele is also a possibility, but the qataris would rather fire everyone, assistant coaches included.
To replace Leonardo, the qataris might recall Denisot, who was president of PSG when they were in the CL semi final (in the 90s).