EXPATRIES

The future of FC Metz sealed on a double-edged sword in Ligue 1

By Mythsouka Jean-Philippe

FC Metz found themselves in a delicate situation after their defeat against RC Strasbourg, plunging into uncertainty over their future in Ligue 1.

Despite having led 1-0 since the 54th minute, Danley Jean-Jacques’ teammates finally conceded two goals in the final minutes of the match, thus sealing their fate. Currently 16th in the standings, the Lorraine club finds itself at a crossroads, wondering whether it will be directly relegated to Ligue 2, whether it will compete in the maintenance play-offs, or whether it will manage to maintain itself directly.

The last day promises to be crucial for FC Metz. While Le Havre AC, 15th in the standings, will face Olympique de Marseille, the Lorraine club will have to welcome the formidable Paris Saint-Germain of Kylian Mbappé, who will play their last match in Ligue 1. For their part, Lorient and Clermont will compete also their fate, in a duel between the 17th and the 18th.

The possible scenarios for FC Metz are multiple. If Le Havre and Lorient win, the club will have to beat PSG to compete in the playoffs. A defeat for Le Havre and a victory for Lorient would complicate the task even further, forcing FC Metz to win their confrontation with PSG with a large margin to improve their goal difference and hope for direct maintenance. Finally, in the event of a draw or defeat for Lorient, and a victory for Havre AC, FC Metz will have to resolve to compete in the maintenance play-offs.

The road to maintenance therefore promises to be strewn with pitfalls for the players of FC Metz, who will have to draw on their resources to reverse the trend during this final day of the championship. The pressure is at its peak, and every goal, every pass, will be decisive in the quest for survival in Ligue 1.


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