The 2017 summer transfer window was unarguably a ridiculous transfer window in football history, the new season has started, and one question on each football fan’s mind is: Can PSG finally prove themselves as a European powerhouse?
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After the massive cash takeover in 2011 by Nasser Al-Khelaifi, PSG has dominated domestically, winning four consecutive league titles between 2012 and 2016. However, they have never progressed to their continental stage. Looking at last previous four season, they have always been knocked out in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) never actually representing a danger to the “Enormous Three” Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich.
Without any question, the domestic league of France Ligue one has been dominated by PSG for the past five years, but their champions league performance should measure their real success. In that sense, PSG are below expectations because last season mainly will be considered a failure, having lost out to Monaco in the league as well.
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However, the difference between a year ago and the previous ones is that 2016-17 was their first season without Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The roaring swede lion was the heart their four title wins, and last season, they lacked a marquee name in spite of having a skillful squad.
This season, there will be no excuses for PSG because they have snatched Neymar from Barcelona for a watering 222 million euros and therefore the equally remarkable loan sign of Kylian Mbappe from title challengers Monaco. Though not a like-for-like replacement, they’re going to hope that Neymar will have an equivalent impact on the squad that Zlatan did. The Brazilian has already shown glimpses of what he can give to the team, even though against weaker French teams.
In spite of a difficult group stage draw with Bayern, Celtic and Anderlecht, PSG should easily qualify. Their clash with Bayern in Parc des Princes is one in all the stand out fixtures of September, and would possibly even outline their season performance whether they are going forward or not.
PSG’s performance against Bayern the European heavyweights would probably give fans a glimpse into PSG performance and their champions league’s future.