With everyone focussing on the usual suspects in the Champions League, could this be the year for the new rich kids on the block?
Although they're the competition’s dark horses, Paris Saint-Germain have certainly signalled their intentions to become a major force in European football over the coming years.
PSG have been in the headlines after capturing the signing of David Beckham, but with a team of stars already, thanks to their mega-rich Qatar-based owners, it’s hard to see the former England captain getting in their team regularly after spending so long in the much inferior MLS league.
The French team look set for a place in the last eight of the Champions League already after a 2-1 win in Valencia put them in the driving seat with the home leg to come.
With quality players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Argentina’s Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore, former Manchester United target Lucas Moura, as well as Jeremy Menez and Thiago Motta, PSG could well be the next big thing in Europe.
They already lead the French league by five points, with Ibrahimovic topping the scoring charts with 21 goals, and the side look all set to take the Ligue 1 title for the first time since 1994.
Their biggest achievement in Europe so far has been winning the European Cup Winners cup in 1996, but the ultimate aim of their owners is to win Europe’s top prize.
Imagine the hysteria if a certain Englishman was to clinch the trophy with a trademark free-kick in the final? Although fairytales like this rarely happen, it's not so far-fetched to suggest that PSG will soon be a dominant force in European football.
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