And Lyon’s influential president Jean-Michel Aulas acknowledges that having one club winning the title by a huge margin — albeit not a problem restricted to France — is not the way to make foreign viewers tune in.
PSG may have turned heads by spending 400 million euros ($495 million) in the space of a month on Neymar and Mbappe last August, but they need competition, not least to help them stay sharp for big European games.
“We need a balanced league with three or four top-level teams in order to be able to sell it,” Aulas said in an interview with Le Monde.
“The professional world is at a turning point, because it has created a sort of monster with PSG.”
He added: “A PSG who finish 25 points clear, that does not help the value of the rights.”
This season, PSG could become the first team to get to 100 points in France. They will then seek to strengthen ahead of a new assault on Europe next season, although it remains to be seen if they will face sanctions for possible breaches of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.
It also remains to be seen how long Neymar will remain at the Parc des Princes, but Monaco, Marseille and Lyon — not to mention the rest — are likely to once again struggle to keep up.