PSG to be crowned 2019-20 Ligue 1 champions
As confirmed by L’Equipe reporter Joel Domenighetti, PSG will be crowned 2019-20 Ligue 1 champions.
This will be the 7th straight season PSG have won the league.
The decision comes a couple of days after the French football season was ended by the government.
French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, has banned all public events, including all Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches, before August 2020.
The decision to confirm PSG as champs can be roundly seen as a formality.
PSG were 12 points clear of Marseille when the league was suspended.
Championnats pro terminés. Classements figés. PSG champion de L1. Critère/ratio de la FFF retenus.
— Domenighetti Joël (@jdomenighetti) April 30, 2020
2019-20 Ligue 1 final standings
Joel Domenighetti has further reported that the final standings of the 2019-20 Ligue 1 will be left ‘as is’.
|2||AS Monaco FC||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|5||FC Girondins Bordeaux||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|15||Paris Saint-Germain FC||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|17||RC Strasbourg Alsace||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|18||Stade Brestois 29||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|20||Stade Rennais FC||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Marseille & Rennes: Champions League qualification
French reporter Nicolas Puiravau has claimed that Marseille and Rennes have qualified for the 2020-21 Champions League.
Marseille, after finishing second, should gain direct entry into the Champions League’s group stage.
As for Rennes, who will play in the competition for the first time, it’s unclear whether Rennes will start that competition in the playoffs or at the group stage.
Classement de #L1 serait finalement établi au ratio point/match. Ce qui donnerait :
Champion : PSG
LdC : OM et Rennes
Ligue Europa : Lille + Nice ou ASSE (selon Coupe de France) + Reims ou Lyon (selon Coupe de la Ligue)
Relégués : Amiens et TFC
Montées : Lens et Lorient
— Nicolas Puiravau (@nikop17) April 30, 2020
Relegation & promotion from Ligue 1
When it comes to the relegation from Ligue 1, Nicolas Puiravau claims that Amiens and Toulouse will go down.
At the same time, Lens and Lorient will be promoted from Ligue 2.
Awaiting confirmation that the 2019-20 season has been declared over by the LFP & that current positions stand. PSG would be champions, Marseille & Rennes would qualify for the Champions League & Amiens would join Toulouse in going down.
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) April 30, 2020
What we still don’t know in France
Three clubs are usually promoted and/or relegated between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2.
The third slot is decided in a playoff between the third lowest side in Ligue 1 – Nimes – and the third highest team in Ligue 2 – AC Ajaccio.
It’s unclear what will happen regarding this issue.
Also, qualification for the 2020-21 Europa League remains murky.
Lille, in 4th, should go straight into the Europa League group stage. But it’s unclear which other two Ligue 1 clubs will also play in that competition.
Those places are usually filled by the winners of the two French domestic cup competitions.
Before the French season ended, those finals pitched PSG vs St Etienne (Coupe de France) and PSG vs Lyon (Coupe de la Ligue).
But, it’s worth noting that the Dutch League, after scrapping their season, opted to ignore their cup competitions, handing those Europa League spots back into the league.
If Ligue 1 follow the same path, then Reims (5th) and Nice (6th) will qualify for the 2020-21 Europa League.
News coming out of France that the LFP has now confirmed the latest ranking is the final ranking:
PSG are champions
UCL groups: PSG, Marseille
UCL qual: Stade Rennes
UEL groups: Lille, Reims
UEL qual: Nice
Relegated: Toulouse, Amiens
Promoted: Lorient, Lens
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) April 30, 2020
This article was edited by Ben Green.
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