One team that could win Ligue 1 in the absence of PSG that springs to mind would be Lyon, who have won France’s top-flight title seven times previously.
The astonishing thing about Lyon’s championship victories – they all came consecutively, with Les Gones picking up an unprecedented seven titles in a row between 2001-02 to 2007-08. That is the longest consecutive title-winning run by any side in the history of French football, and it has not been matched since.
They have finished as runners-up five times previously, coming closest in 2000-01 when they finished just four points behind eventual winners Nantes, and again when they finished just six points behind winners Marseille in 2009-10.
Lyon have a talented squad led by experienced Dutch manager Peter Bosz, who has previously taken charge at the likes of Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. Lyon’s squad is a nice mix of young stars and veterans, with 33-year-old Jerome Boateng and 31-year-old goalkeeper Anthony Lopes the most notable of the elder players.
Star players like attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta and Karl Toko Ekambi bring attacking threat, supplemented by the youthful exuberance of 18-year-old winger Rayan Cherki and midfielder Maxence Caqueret.
Former star striker Alexandre Lacazette has returned to the club this summer, and Lyon have made several more smart signings in Corentin Tolisso, Nicolas Tagliafico and 19-year-old midfielder Johann Lepenant.