Paris Saint-Germain enjoyed a comfortable season last year, easily winning the league, 12 points clear of runners-up Marseille. However, many have predicted this season to be much more challenging for the Parisian side.
A contributor to these predictions, would be the arrival of Ligue 2 champions: AS Monaco.
The AS Monaco owner, Dimitry Rybolovlev, has injected substantial funds into the club, and the southern France club are regarded as one of the favourites to bring home the trophy. But do they have what it takes to conquer the club from the capital?
There is a considerable amount of evidence which claims PSG will remain the top club in France. For example, Monaco have recruited many of the world's top players, e.g. Radamel Falcao, Eric Abidal, Jeremy Toulalan, James Rodriguez & Joao Moutinho.
However, if you cluster together a bunch of world-class players, this does not necessarily mean the end product will be a world-class team. If the chemistry is lacking and the players fail to become in sync or along the same wavelength, the entire season could flop.
A pre-season campaign is generally not regarded as a sufficient amount of time to allow players to gel on field and establish an acceptable amount of teamwork or team spirit.
The arrival of 27-year-old Radamel Falcao surprised a few. The Columbian has been described amongst the best strikers in the world. It is widely suspected he joined the club in order to bag a colossal pay-rise.
The Monaco club have lured him to their squad by tempting him with a yearly wage of 14 million euros, which he gladly accepted. The Falcao transfer suddenly updated the standard of the club, and the forward became the shepherd to many other players who followed in his footsteps.
Monaco have signed many old players who are well past their prime, including: Eric Abidal (who recently recovered from cancer) and Ricardo Carvalho. No doubt these players are still very talented, but they will fail to match the standards of PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.
PSG have retaliated to these AS Monaco claims by making a record transfer for Edinson Cavani, who recently arrived from Napoli for £55 million.
Incorporating Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani together will produce a strike partnership, which is easily superior to that of a sole Radamel Falcao.
PSG look certain to continue their reign next season, however, keep an eye on Monaco - in a few years time they will be challenging for much more than just the Ligue 1 title.
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