12 Days of Football 2019/20: Three French clubs
Welcome to this year's edition of the 12 Days of Football on It's Round and It's White. Over the holiday fixtures, our writers will look back on the 2019 calendar year and ahead to the season's end in a series of 12 articles covering different issues and leagues in European football. Today, Kenzy Muller examines the disparate fortunes of France's three of France's most important clubs. Enjoy.
Didier Deschamps led a star-studded France side to their second World Cup last year, bringing further respect to the country's name. Just like Les Bleus, Ligue 1 ranks among UEFA's powerhouse competitions, especially with Paris Saint-Germain's breakthrough in the last decade or so. The Qatari Investment Authority's ambition elevated the league's status and challenged other French clubs to rise with them.
Monaco's 2017 title shocked all of football, not just PSG. Kylian Mbappe subsequently led the diaspora as Les Monegasques best young talent scattered to the winds. Fabinho, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Babayoko and Valere Germain were among the notables who followed Mbappe out the exit door.
As Monaco fell to Earth, other challengers rose in their place. None has snatched a title from Les Parisiens but not for lack of belief. Following a look at Thomas Tuchel's countermeasures, here's a look two of this year's top pretenders.