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Ligue 1 Roundup after January 23 games

Ligue 1 Round-up: Nice impress as PSG continue title run

January 25, 2022 By Oscar Rojas
The league leaders claimed an emphatic win over the weekend, but the team everyone is talking about in the French top-flight is coached by Christophe Galtier.

The end of matchday 22 in Ligue 1 left a few talking points for fans and experts to discuss. PSG's dominance seems to be out of the question, but the rest of the teams also contributed to an entertaining set of games.

One thing to keep in mind is Nice's winning streak, the best in all of French football. Christoph Galtier's men have won five in a row and seem to be the clearest contender for the title other than PSG, even if they are way behind in the standings. Other topic that come to mind is Lille's shaky form, which has prevented them one more time from making it back to the top ten after their title run last season.

Now, over to PSG, who had their share of good news this weekend. First of all, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé returned to action, with the first one clear to play after dealing with COVID-19, while the French star recovered in time from a muscular problem. Moreover, the man of the match for Pochettino's crew was Sergio Ramos, who opened up his goalscoring account with Les Parisiens against Reims this past Sunday.

Here's all you need to know regarding Ligue 1's most recent matchday, which took place days before the first international break of the year.

Top five teams in Ligue 1 up to January 23

As previously stated, PSG are top of the league with an eleven point lead ove Nice. The red and black side are second with 42 points, two more than Marseille who still have a game in hand. Further behind are Strasbourg and Rennes, who complete the top five teams and keep their chances of playing in the UEFA Champions League next season.

Who are top three goalscorers in Ligue 1?

Wissam Ben Yedder is now the league's top scorer thanks to his efforts against Montpellier. The former Sevilla man is one one goal ahead of Lille's Jonathan David, who was unable to find the back of the net in his team's two-nil loss to Brest. Kylian Mbappé is third with ten goals after a weekend in which his playing time was limited after picking up a muscular injury.

Top Ligue 1 headlines, stats, and other facts

Sergio Ramos scores first goal for PSG: Sergio Ramos' stint at PSG has been anything but inspiring, but things seem to be changing for the Spaniard with his performance against Reims being rated the best since he joined Les Parisiens. Moreover, he has scored his first goal for PSG this weekend, which puts him level with Lionel Messi in Ligue 1 games.

Ligue 1 teams set new 2021-22 record for most goals in a single matchday: The French league had some interesting results prior to this weekend, but this time all teams gave their best to come up with the highest scoring matchday this season. All French sides contributed to reach 35 goals this weekend, the highest tally in a single matchday in the ongoing campaign.

Bakambú scores fastest sub goal for Marseille: The former Villarreal ace found the back of the net shortly after making his way into the pitch. Bakambu scored a key goal for Marseille just 2 minutes and 38 seconds after entering the game, which represents the quickest goal for any of Marseille's subs this season, and this one gave the blue and white side the boost they needed to beat Lens last Saturday.

Top Ligue 1 matches on February 4-6, 2022

*Games set to take place after the international break comes to an end.

Marseille vs Angers: Time seems to be running out for Marseille to become title contenders, and their clash against Angets will surely give them a chance to return to the second place. Angers are involved in a heated battle to avoid relegation, which may make them a tough opponent to beat even if they have to visit Stade Vélodrome.

Nice vs Clermont: The league runners-up put their unbeaten run on the line against Clermont, one of the teams that dazzled French football followers during the earlier stages of the tournament, but their fall from grace has seen them drop all the way to 15th place. Will this be a walk in the park for Nice, or will Clermont shock them and end their winning streak?

Lille vs PSG: The league leaders show up to the defending champions' ground in high spirits and with the need to prove themselves worthy of winning the title. Lille could go back to the upper half of the table with a win here, which would represent a high point of their disappointing campaign. Will PSG lay the final nail on Lille's hopes of European football for next season?

Make sure you don't miss out on these key games and stay on top of all the action by checking out our bespoke Ligue 1 match page. 

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