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Reims were in Ligue 2 last season. Now they are dreaming of Europe

Reims struggled to adapt to the top flight at the start of the season, but they are now unbeaten in 10 matches

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

French football has thrown up plenty of surprises this season, remaining a compelling if not entirely competitive spectacle. Monaco’s dalliance with Thierry Henry captured the imagination. Lille and the individual brilliance of Nicolas Pépé have offered a major plot line. The sad death of Emiliano Sala has captured the hearts of fans. And Patrick Vieira’s turn at Nice has been intriguing. But an even more surprising narrative may be developing: Reims as European contenders.

The newly promoted club started the season brightly, winning their first two matches, but then they slumped badly, failing to win any of their next eight. Last summer they lost Jordan Siebatcheu and the massively influential Diego Rigonato, who was crowned Ligue 2 Player of the Year last season, and it looked as if they had failed to replace the pair adequately. They did sign attacking left-back Ghislain Konan for a club record fee and winger Moussa Doumbia, but almost all their other signings were simply unproven in the top flight.

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