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PSG targets Lille challenge in Ligue 1 return amid title pursuit

Posted : 15 December 2023

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) faces a swift return to domestic action, traveling north to play against fourth-placed Lille on Sunday, following their nail-biting Champions League draw against Borussia Dortmund. Luis Enrique's team, securing their spot in the Champions League knockout stages, now shifts focus to Ligue 1, aiming to secure their third consecutive championship.


Sitting atop the table with 36 points, PSG holds a commanding lead, four points clear of second-placed Nice and nine ahead of Lille, their weekend opponents. The visitors, undefeated since September, showcase imperious form, creating a significant challenge for Lille, who have struggled with only two wins in their last five outings.


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Warren Zaire-Emery, scorer of PSG's equalizer against Dortmund, is expected to make his full return to league action, boosting the team's attacking prowess alongside captain Kylian Mbappe, who aims to celebrate his 25th birthday with added goals to his impressive tally of 15 in the league this campaign. Lille, on the other hand, faces the daunting task of bridging the gap, currently two points away from the Champions League qualification spots.


Meanwhile, Lyon, buoyed by their recent 3-0 victory against Toulouse, faces a challenging visit to third-placed Monaco on Friday. Interim coach Pierre Sage emphasizes the need for sustained good performance, aiming for a second consecutive victory that could strengthen his claim for a permanent coaching position. Monaco, however, enters the match on a winning streak, with formidable firepower from Wissam Ben Yedder, Takumi Minamino, and Folarin Balogun, despite the absence of suspended Aleksandr Golovin.


In other fixtures, second-placed Nice seeks to narrow the gap with PSG to one point as they visit Le Havre on Saturday, while Marseille, riding high on recent successes, has the opportunity to extend their excellent form in a home game against 17th-place Clermont on Sunday. The Ligue 1 weekend promises intriguing battles as teams vie for crucial points in the race for domestic glory.


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