Lille’s defence of the Ligue 1 title has gone from bad to worse to disastrous

Lille are 10th in the table after one win in six games. They will be in big trouble next year unless they have a productive summerBy Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsA dip was expected, but losing 3-0 to Troyes and finishing the game with nine men was worse than anyone expected for Lille. Troyes’ victory was a measure of vindication for a club who appeared to be circling the drain in late February, but have rebounded in wonderful fashion. But it was far more an indictment of just how poisonous Lille’s title defence has become, and how dire next season could be for the club. They are 10th in the table, have a negative goal difference and have won just one of their last six games.Their title defence officially ended when PSG clinched the title last weekend, but the decline began last summer. Boubakary Soumaré and Mike Maignan were first out the door, followed by manager Christophe Galtier. Soumaré wanted to play in the Premier League for Leicester; Maignan was attracted by the opportunity of representing Milan, one of Europe’s most storied clubs; and, after years of financial chafing at Lille and St-Étienne, Galtier left for Nice where he was given substantial backing in the transfer window.

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