Ligue 1 Review | Monaco thrash Lorient to stay top
Ligue 1 By: Jide Alaka | 23/01/2017
The top of Ligue 1 table paints an interesting picture for the weeks ahead. Monaco, Nice and PSG are separated by just three points with 17 matches left in the season.Monaco thrash LorientThe highest goal scorers in the top five leagues confirmed their status with another four goals in the hammering of bottom-placed Lorient. Two braces - one each from Gabriel Boschilia and Valere Germain clinched a 15th league win and the four goals took their goal difference to a massive +43 - the best across the top five leagues in Europe. Leonardo Jardim believes his side played very well, especially in the first half. “We played very well in the first half. All coaches like it when their teams press well and play good football.” They will face a stiff test on January 29, when they confront third-placed PSG at Parc des Princes hoping to preserve their three-point lead.Cavani continues scoring streak for PSGUnai Emery would be licking his lips at the prospect of next weekend’s clash with Monaco after Edinson Cavani’s brace kept the defending champions on the coat tails of the current league leaders. Cavani scored his 19th from a good pick out from Lucas Moura but his second was from a majestic free-kick. PSG have now won all four matches played in 2017 without conceding a goal. Emery said, “We returned from the winter break refreshed and determined to change what didn't work in the first half of the season.” They will have another chance how refreshed they are against Monaco this weekend.Lyon win the battle of the OlympicsIt was noteworthy that Mathieu Valbuena scored the first goal for Olympique Lyon in their 3-1 win over Olympique Marseille. Alexandre Lacazette got a brace to solidify their fourth position on the league table with 37 points, 11 off league leaders, Monaco. Bruno Genesio said his side could not afford a draw or loss. ”We really wanted to get back on track after losing in Caen. It was important that we not let the leading pack get away from us.”Other MatchesNice were held 1-1 away to Bastia with Mario Balotelli accusing some sections of the crowd at the Stade Armand-Césari of making racist remarks at him. The Italian wrote on Instagram, “So racism is legal in France? Or only in Bastia?” The LFP have since released a statement condemning the act and have launched an investigation. Bastia have a prior record - during the 2007/08 Ligue 2 season, they were deducted two points after supporters racially abused a St. Serin player.