We are currently getting closer with the final weekend of the Ligue 1 season, and everything is settled except the race for the third winner and final EUFA Champions League qualification spot. There are three clubs that can still finish in the top three, including AS Monaco, Olympique de Marseille and AS Saint-Etienne. The position depends on their results on Saturday’s final day in Le Championnat.
While the title and the final relegation place got tied up last week. Paris Saint-Germain are French champions for a third consecutive season after their 2-1 win away at Montpellier HSC. Olympique Lyonnais’ 1-1 draw result to Girondins de Bordeaux titled Laurent Blanc’s squad for the fifth time in the club’s history. As almost everything decided and the official Ligue 1 awards handed out last weekend, this is the end of season winners.
The Coach of the Year is Leonardo Jardim of Monaco, who has impressed with the combination of his tactical strategies, eye for talent, motivational skills and his ability to get the best out of the players. He changed the sluggish start into some excellent business to back the club.
The candidates for Goalkeeper of the Year are Lyon’s Anthony Lopes and Monaco’s DanijelSubasic. Both are single-handedly kept their teams in games and won them valuable points. While the Defender of the Year is one-club man Loic Perrin of Saint-Etienne who has been one of LIgue 1’s most underrated talents for some years. And this season might have been Perrin’s best yet, with the 29-year-old helping Galtier’s men to boast the second best defensive record in Le Championnat. Perrin has been a huge part of Saint-Etienne’s miserly defence and he deserves recognition.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Veratti is Ligue 1 Midfielder of the Year, as he has been superb this campaign and his consistency puts him ahead of a Javier Pastore as the French champions’ best player this season. On the other hand, he still needs to control his habit of picking up unnecessary yellow cards that he collected throughout the season.
While the Striker of the Year title goes to Lyon’s AlexandreLacazette who has made 27 goals and five assists to his name in 33 appearances. With that tally, it has been a sensational campaign for the France international. He has attacked Les Gones’ defense teams and shown an impressive clinical streak in front of goal.
The Ligue 1’s breakout star, Nabil Fekir, is picked up as the Young Player of the Year. He is just 21 years old with 13 goals and nine assists in 33 games to his name.