Speaking in an interview with France Football, St Étienne manager Claude Puel was asked about whether Ligue 1’s reputation on the European stage is deserved or not.
“Ligue 1 has become a laboratory, a youth academy for the four leagues that are better than we are, England, Spain, Germany and Italy. Now, we don’t need to be too hard on it either. In an economy that has changed and where, with the exception of PSG and Lyon a bit, no team is capable today of retaining their squad’s backbone for two or three seasons, to keep its best players and to retain its talents for a long time, we simply have what we could have and what we deserve. We are in a permanent state of urgency, and that starts with the managers.”