Every year Paris Saint-Germain are outsiders for the Champions League, no matter how much money their owners throw at the team. Will this year be any different?
Ever since Paris Saint-Germain were taken over by the oil-rich QSI, Champions League glory has been the No.1 priority. There have been plenty of Ligue 1 titles – along with French Cup triumphs – but the most prestigious club trophy in football is what is desired above all. Is this the season that Paris Saint-Germain will finally win the big one?
The French champions have never made it further than the quarter final stage – and have departed the competition in the Round of 16 in each of the last three seasons. But something seems different this year. While there have been a number of surprising defeats in Ligue 1, PSG qualified for the knockout rounds of the Champions League with two games to spare. Grouped with Real Madrid, Club Brugge and Galatasaray, it would have been a major upset if the two favourites did not progress, but PSG have showed that theu mean business ever since match day one saw Real Madrid soundly beaten 3-0 at the Parc des Princes.
Neymar has been used as more of a super sub since the awkwardness of the ultimately unsuccessful transfer move in the summer – and that has given Kylian Mbappe even greater chance to shine. Even continuing injury problems for Edinson Cavani hasn’t slowed down PSG’s hunt for continental glory.
The knockout rounds have been PSG’s enemy before, but what is sure is that no other club will want to face the French champions this season. The dreams of European glory might just be coming to fruition.