Big-spending PSG have a local rival in AS Monaco and the 2013/14 Ligue 1 season looks an exciting prospect.

Last term the capital club gave a huge push for the league title.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, backed by the likes of Ezequiel Lavezzi, Javier Pastore, Lucas Moura and Co practically scored PSG to the Ligue 1 trophy. 

This summer, they look set to go one further, having paid Edinson Cavani's buy-out clause and acquired promising Roma defender Marquinhos.

On that basis, coupled with the fact that their key players such as Thiago Silva are still intact, they are the surest bet to retain the title. 

They may have lost Carlo Ancellotti to Real Madrid but Laurent Blanc is no novice and can hold his own in an upcoming league like the Ligue 1.

Following promotion to Ligue 1 after a two-year stint in Ligue 2, Monaco stated their intent early on in the summer.

Chelsea and Manchester City target Radamel Falcao was snapped up for a record €60 million, long term Tottenham target Joao Moutinho and his Porto teammate James Rodriguez were snatched for a combined fee of over €70 million. 

Other big names were added to the team and they have become the only realistic contenders to PSG's monopoly. However big names do not translate to big success. The original Real Madrid ‘galacticos’ won just about nothing and PSG, despite their league success last season, struggled most of the way.

So, because of the quality of their players in the Monaco and PSG ranks, the Ligue 1 is now a duopoly.

And Monaco will be second best to PSG next season.

Olympique Marseille and Olympique Lyon will battle for the third and fourth positions respectively.


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