With the signings of Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Lucas Moura, Marco Verrati and Ezequiel Lavezzi it is clear why PSG are seen as the main contenders for the French Ligue 1 but Daniel Vinton takes a closer look at why Paris St. Germain could have a dominant season ahead.
PSG’s big spending has not gone unnoticed in Europe this season, having spent over €200m on new talent since the investment from their Sheikh owners. However, despite spending half of that money, last year they still were pipped to the title by minnows Montpellier. But this season, it’s different. Not least because of the big arrivals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva; those two marquee signings will no doubt have the talent to set the league on fire, something Zlatan has already proven by netting a brace as the drew 2-2 against FC Lorient.
So now, I’m going to talk you through some of the main factors which will allow PSG to dominate France for the season ahead.
Firstly, with the signing of Thiago Silva this season, PSG will finally have a real lynchpin in their defence. A player who can lead the more inexperienced as well as help keep the clean sheets coming in. It was clear on Saturday just how important a player Silva will be after his new teammates went 2-0 down against Lorient, conceding sloppy, unnecessary goals, goals a title challenging team shouldn’t concede. Also with Nicolas Douchez and Salvatore Sirigu, there’s a real healthy competition for places in goal, one which should encourage the best of performances from the two.
Now onto the midfield, and this season is a one for the young Parisians to make the step up. Clement Chantome is one name who has bags of potential. The youngster will certainly see this year as make or break as well, given the fact that if he can’t impress, finding a replacement will be no problem. Another young prospect is a one of this summer’s signings. Marco Verrati is a name that you might have heard of; he is the next big Italian superstar and has also been bigged-up as Pirlo’s potential replacement in the national team. His signature was a coveted one this summer as well with many of the top Italian club registering their interest, but it was PSG and Ancelotti he chose to join. Finally, one of last summer’s purchases, Javier Pastore; this young Argentine has a very bright future in the game, and if he can prove that in this year’s side, there is no doubt in my mind that it will help push PSG towards Le Championat glory.
The next key point in PSG’s success, is the exciting new front-line brought in by Carlo Ancelotti; with Ezequiel Lavezzi alongside Ibrahimovic and from January, Lucas Moura, the PSG attack has a frightening look to it. With Lavezzi and Lucas’ pace, and the sheer presence of Ibrahimovic, I can see goals galore from Les Parisiens this season, this without the thought of Kevin Gameiro, Jeremy Menez and last season’s top scorer in Ligue 1, Nene who will be add any firepower should the others be lacking.
Finally the manager, and with Carlo Ancelotti, PSG have the most decorated and experienced managers in the league, having won several titles in Italy and England, as well as having European and domestic success. If there is any one man who can find the perfect balance in this vastly talented side of attackers and defenders, then Ancelotti is that man.
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