With seven weeks to play, half of the clubs in Ligue 1 are aiming for Europe

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PSG, Lille and Lyon look set for Champions League football next season but the Europa League places are up for grabs

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

This weekend was supposed to be a coronation for PSG, one that seemed inevitable given their relentless pace, particularly at the Parc des Princes. Things did not go to plan, however, as a buoyant Strasbourg attack and a howler of a miss from Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting combined to prevent Les Parisiens from getting the necessary three points to win the title. Kylian Mbappé only featured from the bench owing to a muscular issue, laying bare once more the club’s over-reliance on individual brilliance – Ángel Di María and Neymar were also missing with injury – but the result will ultimately prove inconsequential as the club continues to be restructured under Thomas Tuchel.

With Strasbourg having kept the confetti at it seems a good time to look at the other subplots that have been burbling away in recent weeks. Second-place Lille, who are five points above Lyon and, crucially, 11 points above Saint-Étienne with seven matches to play, have all but sewn up a top-three spot. Lyon’s six-point lead over Saint-Étienne should also be enough to take them into the Champions League, given that their local rivals still face tricky fixtures against Nice, Montpellier and Reims.

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