Paris Saint-Germain: The next football haven?
Paris Saint-Germain will be a force in Europe next season
When Nasser Al-Khelaifi took over Paris Saint-Germain Football Club back in 2011, he presented a five-year plan to take the club to the very top. Having spent over €200 million in a time span of two years, the club might just be on track.
The 2012/13 season ended with PSG winning the Lique 1 title after 19 years. Not only this, they also managed to put up quite a fight in the UEFA Champions League as they were knocked out by Barcelona in the quarter-finals.
The season began with a bill of €146 million and the introduction of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Lucas Moura and Ezequiel Lavezzi. Having appointed Carlo Ancelotti as manager the previous season, PSG were in for a ride.
PSG were labelled as 'favourites' right at the start of the French domestic campaign and finished on top of the table at the year’s end, ahead of Lyon and Marseille on goal difference.
Elsewhere in the Champions League, PSG sat pretty on top of the group table and progressed to the next stages comfortably.
By the end of the season, they would have only the Lique 1 title to celebrate having being knocked out of all the other competitions they were a part of, both domestically and internationally.
Despite the fact that PSG picked up only one trophy this season, the club has seen a massive improvement in their style of football.
With Salvatore Sirigu at his very best between the sticks and new captain Thiago Silva doing a marvellous job in defence alongside former Chelsea defender Alex, PSG have conceded only 36 goals in all competitions this season.
In midfield, Javier Pastore has been most crucial. Also, Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti have seen incredible development.
Meanwhile upfront, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been absolutely brutal. Ezequiel Lavezzi and youngster Kevin Gameiro have done an excellent job as well. The trio have scored a combined 48 goals this season.
Also, Carlo Ancelotti has been influential in developing a unique procession controlled counter-attacking style of football at PSG. Although PSG would like to stick to him being in-charge, reports suggest Carlo Ancelotti might consider filling up the vacant position at Real Madrid.
PSG won over the fans' hearts not only with their performances, but also by signing star midfielder David Beckham on a free transfer on the last day of the January transfer window.
The legendary midfielder would go on to end his season at Parc Des Princes. The pundits did note an evolution at the club in terms of the players, the style of play and club stature.
There’s still time for Nasser Al-Khelaifi to bring his dreams to life and with the support of the fans, PSG could surely be the next football haven for many.
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