Battle starts to replace PSG at top of Ligue 1 food chain

There were fireworks galore at the Parc des Princes in May as Paris Saint-Germain collected the 2022 Ligue 1 trophy after a 5-0 thrashing of Metz. 

It was a record 10th top flight crown and their eighth in the last 10 years.

Before the match, PSG chief executive Nasser al-Khelaifi descended from the elegant suite to announce the happy news that local hero Kylian Mbappé would remain in their parish instead of taking his preternaturally unique talents to the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.

There were pyrotechnics too during the summer. Mauricio Pochettino was rocketed with a heavy pay-off load into a life beyond the Parc des Princes and replaced by the former Lille and Nice boss Christophe Galtier.

He lit up his revelation with fiery rhetoric. how hot is it Prima donnas pull you or you'll be roasted.

Lille, under Jocelyn Gourvennec, muddled around mid table even though there was a muscular surge to the last-16 of the Champions League.

Galtier will not face competition at the third level. This applies to his replacement, Lucien Favre.

For Galtier, dazzling nights in Europe's most prestigious stadiums will define his success.

Among PSG's Qatari paymasters, winning the Ligue 1 title is not enough as much as obsessing over the Champions League.