Ligue 1

"Ligue 1 is Not as Easy as People Think" - Cesc Fabregas Sends a Warning to Lionel Messi

By Amreen
Cesc Fabregas has warned his friend Lionel Messi that Ligue 1 is not so easy
Cesc Fabregas has warned his friend Lionel Messi that Ligue 1 is not so easy /

Cesc Fabregas has issued a warning to his former team-mate and good friend Lionel Messi, insisting that Ligue 1 isn't as easy as people think.

The former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder is currently playing for Monaco, who nearly finished above PSG last season, and sent a warning to his friend that Ligue 1 is much harder than it looks.

The Spaniard said: "Certainly when PSG don't win the league, everyone sees it as a disaster because they spend a lot of money. Everyone sees it as a one-team league, but in the last five years Monaco and Lille have put a break in it.

"It's not as easy as people think. It's very intense, very aggressive, very fast and strong players. They (the teams) defend very well."

Fabregas scored the winner for Monaco in a shock victory against PSG which ended up being one of Thomas Tuchel's final games in charge of the Ligue 1 giants. When asked if Monaco can upset PSG yet again this season, he added: "We will try. Who said Lille would win the title last year? They tried and did a good campaign, stuck together and worked hard.

"On paper, yes - they (PSG) are the best team. But that doesn't guarantee anything. We (Monaco) are tough, we're a young group full of energy and we are very proud of what we are doing - we keep going as a team and manage to compete with them at least until the end. Having a fantastic team helps, but it doesn't guarantee anything to win the title.

"The league is a good league, it's a league that's improving. It's already physical, aggressive players in a good way, they defend very well. In attacking, they used to be not very talented but they're improving. New foreign, modern coaches are coming in and it's a league that's going up with the generation of coaches and players.

"I think we will see a very interesting Ligue 1 this year. Lille are competitive, Marseille have signed well. Lyon have a good team with a good coach, we are a good team as well. Five or six teams will be competing at the top, it will be a good year."