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How Lyon can win the Ligue 1 title

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Having led the Ligue 1 table on goal difference after week 1, Lyon went on
to continue their early season success with a comfortable 3-1 win over Sochaux
away from home, suggesting that this club could get in the way of PSG and
Monaco's title ambitions.

 Sochaux did get off to a great start in Friday night's match with a fourth minute penalty, but Lyon bounced back and led 2-1 by the break, before doubling their lead in the first minutes of the second half.

This Lyon team is the perfect mix of youth and experience, with youngsters such as 18-year-old Yassine Benzia grabbing Friday night's equaliser (and providing two assists), while 27-year-old Yoann Gourcuff netted the decisive third goal.

Lyon's second goal of the night was scored by Alexandre Lacazette who, at 22
years of age, is another young talent in this squad.

The impressive Lacazette even scored a brace last weekend, leading his side to a 4-0 win over Nice.

So can Rémi Garde's Lyon side build on these first two wins to go all the way to winning the Ligue 1 title?

The club may not have the money of PSG and Monaco, but Lyon certainly have enough young talent to launch what many would consider an unlikely title challenge. The club was found to have the 6th best youth academy in Europe in terms of players making it to the first team by FourFourTwo research.

As well as the promising players coming through the academy, Lyon can rely on a trio of experienced players who can give this team the edge to come through tough and close matches. The three Gs of Gomis, Gonalons and Gourcuff give Garde a reliable trio in the middle of the park to support the pacey young talents.

Gourcuff, in particular, looks to be off to a wonder start to the season, having netted twice already and having provided two assists. Lyon can certainly be a challenge for any team should they keep a hold of that man, who has been on Arsenal's radar, as well as Bafetimbi Gomis who scored 16 league goals last campaign and has sparked interest from Newcastle and teams in the Bundesliga.

It may only be a couple of wins, but last week's 4-0 defeat of Nice was particularly impressive after the Mediterranean side finished fourth last season, just one place behind Lyon. The way the side came back from losing an early at Sochaux was another cause for optimism among Lyon fans. 

Lyon now face Real Sociedad midweek in the Champions League play-off round. If they can make into the Group Stages and avoid the nightmare of a fixture-congested Europa League campaign then this side really can set their sights as high as first place.

The fixture list helps Lyon's cause as well. Their next five Ligue 1 matches are against Reims (home), Evian (away), Rennes (home), Nantes (home) and AC Ajaccio (away). Those are all perfectly winnable and it is definitely conceivable that Lyon could top the league with 21 points after the first seven matches.

A good start could bring about the perfect finish: lifting that Ligue 1 trophy for the first time in six years.

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