“Honestly, if they are champions this season, it would be even better than us in 2011,” says Eden Hazard, referencing his time at Lille where became Ligue 1 champion and earned the first piece of silverware in his career.
Lille is the club where it all started for Hazard, and their triumph in 2011 was the first time they had won the league since the 1950s. PSG could only finish 4th that season, but since then they have dominated in France, winning the title seven out of nine seasons.
We all know about how much money the Qatar owners have invested to bring talent to Paris, with the likes of Mbappe, Neymar and Icardi making PSG’s mission to win the Champions League get closer and closer. It’s felt like there has been a lot of room between PSG and the rest of the French League in terms of investment, but this year Lille have the chance to become champions again as we head into the last game of the season.
Lille did slip up at the weekend which allowed PSG to come within one point of Lille who lead the table. But with one game to go it is in Lille’s hands, and a win in their final game against Angers, who have not won a league game since early March, will see them lift the title again.
It would be a great achievement but they have deserved it, with the best defensive record in Europe’s top 5 league’s, conceding just 22 goals this season!
Lille is a city up north where the weather can get super chilly at times but they manage to create some great players, just like Hazard.
What I like a lot about this team is the way they grew during the time when all eyes were on Paris. They knew what it would take to overtake PSG when they could not compete financially. This is why they took the road through good planning and creating more hunger in the club. If they win the title or not they have shown that the game can be won through good planning and nothing else.
Hazard said: “The supporters deserve it. When we won the double, they had had to wait more than 50 years to see their club win the title. And during this difficult period, it would do good for everyone. The people of the North deserve it and above all the players do.”
Everyone loves an underdog story so it will be an exciting climax to the French season this weekend! #mmlove