Paris Saint Germain ended their latest Ligue 1 game against Troyes as 2-0 winners and have now opened up a 10 point lead at the top of the division.
Unai Emery’s men have only dropped points in Ligue 1 twice this campaign after drawing with both Montpellier and Marseille but they look unstoppable in their quest to dominate French football for many years to come. With them seemingly being able to brush opponents aside with ease, are they the real deal or a flash in the pan?
First of all, PSG were in the media throughout the summer for their transfer business. They smashed the world record when they bought Neymar from Barcelona for a staggering €222 million and he’s not let that price tag hold him back at all. The Brazilian has so far hit 9 goals in 15 games and teed up 6 for teammates. Fellow new signing, Kylian Mbappe, has started 10 Ligue 1 games so far, contributing well with 4 goals and 4 assists. With money seemingly no object for the Qatar backed French outfit, this will increase their chances of not only domestic domination but domination in Europe too.
When you look at PSG’s star-studded squad you notice that they already have a good blend in terms of youth and experience. This has always been key when teams have gone on to dominate on the domestic front if you look at the likes of Manchester United of old, Real Madrid and Barcelona. In the attacking department, for example, they have the experienced heads of Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria alongside the likes of Neymar, Julian Draxler and Kylian Mbappe. The average age of the squad is 25.5 and this is perfect for long-term success.
The profile of PSG is constantly on the increase especially with stars such as Thiago Silva, Dani Alves, Neymar and Edinson Cavani at the club. This means that they’ll easily be able to attract more of the world’s best to Paris, including the stars of the future, which will only serve to boost their long-term prospects. They’re currently going great guns in the Champions League too, winning all 5 of their group games so far, scoring a record 24 goals in the process. They’re now considered one of Europe’s elite and their form in Europe seems to certainly be spurring them on in Ligue 1.
Many people will say that the competition in Ligue 1 isn’t that great but PSG are certainly impressing, regardless of their opponents being inferior. If they do go on to be successful in the Champions League and if they continue to recruit some of the world’s finest players, it will no doubt improve the profile of the league massively. This means there will be more in terms of competition for PSG to deal with but you do sense that this is a beginning of an era of complete dominance for the club.