PSG Fighting For Championship

Paris Saint GermainAs they prepare for their showdown with reigning English champions Chelsea in the last 16 of the competition, French champions Paris Saint Germain have been scrambling to make their mark of 2016’s Champions League.  PSG boss Laurent Blanc has already stated that the French team’s whole campaign will be judged by their European campaign, but despite a poor domestic campaign Chelsea seems unlikely to be an easy match.

PSG are in an odd position in the Champions League hierarchy.  They’ve spent huge amounts of money, which has helped them win their annual domestic league championship.  However, the Champions League crown is ultimately what’s on everybody’s mind, including PSG.  Standing in their way is Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, all of whom have more experience and quality to their names.  Real Madrid has already won five European Cups even before PSG existed, while Bayern had claimed three European Cups in the six years before PSG’s formation.  Barcelona’s five European Cup triumphs have come in the last 25 years, yet they’re considered to be the best club team in the world, learning how to win the Champions league through picking-up experience.  Soccer trends have seen teams go through troughs of form, yet those three teams have been the top trophy challengers for the last 25 years.

PSG are just below that group of teams with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, which are dangerous yet not still good enough to match the talents of Spain and Germany.  So far, PSG’s playing in Europe has been successful, and the fact that PSG conceded just one goal in the group stages shows that they’re a difficult team to break beat.  Thanks to their recent growth on the European stage, they’ll be heading into tonight’s game against Chelsea as favorites.

Without a doubt, PSG have been growing as a club and team under the tutelage of Laurent Blanc.  Yet whether or not they’re ready to go toe-to-toe against the heavy hitters on the European stage remains to be seen.  Blanc’s side performed well against Real in the group stages, but still failed to come out on top.

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