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PSG: Starting as they mean to go on?

Ibrahimovic can help PSG to glory (©GettyImages)
Ibrahimovic can help PSG to glory (©GettyImages).

Paris Saint Germain sit top of their group in the Champions league. After two victories and seven goals in the competition, the French champions have made their statement.

After their big money take over PSG have purchased some of the most renound players and also some young developing talent.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrival at the club helped speed up their progression. Another impressive deal was louring the Brazilian captain Thiago Silva from the mighty AC Milan.

Signing players of their stature is impressive for any team and the ambition of the club is for everyone to see.

By bringing in some of Europe's top players, PSG found it easier to attract more big names such as Edison Cavani, Lucas Moura and David Beckham.

Last season PSG finished first in the French Ligue 1 and reached the quarter finals of the Champions League which really put them on the map.

However at the end of the season PSG lost title winning manager Carlo Ancelotti. He moved on to Real Madrid leaving the club in a dilemma. 

There were many well respected names rumoured to take over such as Arsene Wenger but PSG opted for someone else.

Laurent Blanc was appointed. He joined the Paris based side from French rivals Bordeaux.

The former Manchester United player was handed a glorious opportunity to prove himself at the top and to shape one of the biggest sides in Europe.

Blanc's arrival has saw PSG adopt the 4-3-3 formation this appears to be his preference with the club using this formation a multitude of times this season.

The main question was would Ibrahimovic play with Cavani?

Blanc's formation see's the pair line up together with Lavezzi up front as well. The French side have a frightening attack but to succeed in Europe critics have questioned PSG's defence and midfield.

Their defence since the initial takeover has improved dramatically and this season has been added to with young Marquinhos joining the squad and partnering the PSG captain Thiago Silva. Marquinhos was brought in for £27 million combining with Silva to make the most expensive centre-back pairing in the world.

Alex is another centre back that PSG can use, he has tons of experience and can also play alongside Silva.

PSG are not short on wing backs either former Barcelona man Maxwell plays left-back, with Van Der Wiel right back another young emerging talent. PSG also brought in Lucas Digne as cover for the left back position the french full back adds cover for the left back position and is certainly a player for the future. They also have the experience of Christophe Jallet right-back to provide support for the fixture congestion when PSG have both league games and Champions league games.

There is also depth in the PSG midfield. Blaise Matuidi has been PSG's most creative midfielder this season along with the experienced Thiago Motta the Italian has also made a big impact especially in their 4-1 win over Olympiakos in which he set up two and scored one himself. Another Italian in the midfield is Marco Verratti. Verratti has been compared to David Beckham for his long passing and is another young prospect who continues to blossom each game he participates in.

Another young midfielder -  Lucas Moura - the Brazilian joined PSG for a hefty fee but is yet to make a big impact. However the midfielder shows plenty of promise and could be the creative midfielder that Cavani and Ibrahimovic need to fire PSG to success this season.

To finish off the midfield is Javier Pastore the Argentine has been some what of a flop as he has not been able to introduce consistency in to his game but never the less still a player that is capable of changing any game.

PSG dominated a weak Benfica side Wednesday night and scoring three first-half goals meant they could relax in the second half and the decision to play an attacking 4-3-3 with Lavezzi, Cavani and Ibrahimovic up top paid off.

Last season's Champions League quarter finalists clearly have no problems in the goals department and conceding only one goal in their opening two Champions league fixtures conveys they don't have many complications at the back either.

So is this how PSG mean to go on?

The Ligue 1 outfit have the squad to go all the way in this seasons Champions league but will they? Their squad has substantial depth, plenty of experience and also has a pinch of youth. Their combination of youth and experience could prove to be a deciding factor, regarding how far they go this season, but after last seasons quarter final PSG will be keen to push themselves further this time around and prove they are one of the best.

Can they go further this time? Leave your comments below.

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