Paris Saint-Germain strongest starting XI - is this it?

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has one of the finest squads in the game, but what is his best team?

With new acquisition Angel di Maria joining illustrious company including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Canavi and Thiago Silva at the Parc des Princes, it is certainly no easy task when it comes to selecting the strongest XI.

But we've decided to have a crack at it. Let us know what you think.


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GK: Kevin Trapp

The French side have struggled to find a proper first choice goalkeeper since the Qatari takeover in 2012. Why they passed up on signing French national captain Hugo Lloris is beyond me and Salvartore Sirigu hasn't exactly been the steadiest of influences between the sticks at the Parc des Princes.

New summer recruit, the young German Kevin Trapp, who was bought from Stuttgart, seems to be the number one right now after he started the first league game against Lille and the 25-year-old should have a big future ahead of him.

It is still somewhat of a gamble and Laurent Blanc will hope the German repays his confidence in him by performing well in his debut season.

RB: Marquinhos

Neither conventional right backs Serge Aurier nor Gregory van der Wiel have really made the position their own during their time in Paris, which has left the door open for the talented young Brazil international Marquinhos to stake his claim to be first choice.

Having bought him for around €30 million from Roma in 2013, he is quickly establishing himself into a very solid defender who is seemingly the heir to Thiago Silva's starting centre back position with both PSG and the Brazilian national team.

CB: David Luiz

The Brazilian defender has many admirers and equally as many critics. On his day Luiz is a brilliant all-action defender who has the physical attributes to match any striker for pace and strength. However, lapses in concentration make him vulnerable on occasion. Probably wins the award for most passionate footballer around and, despite concerns, is one of PSG's two best centre-halves.

CB: Thiago Silva

One of the modern-day greats. A great athlete as well as defender, the Brazilian leads by example for his club and country. Was absent for the drubbing by Germany at the World Cup and it showed as the Selacão side looked devoid of any leadership and organisation without their leader.

Probably only has another two or three years at the top so he will be hungrier than anyone to lift the Champions League.

LB: Maxwell

There are doubts as to whether the Brazilian would even be at PSG if it wasn't for his best friend Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has played with him at no more than four clubs during his illustrious career (Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona and PSG).

It is surprising that the Parisian giants have never invested in a better left back, but Maxwell is dependable and vastly experienced. This season he will be pushed very close for a starting position by the young French star Lucas Digne who has already won eight caps for the senior international team. Maxwell is the obvious weak link to this star-studded side.

CM: Marco Verratti

Verratti is probably PSG's best signing if you look at value for money after having picked him up from Pescara for a reported €12 million in 2012. The all action midfielder may be diminutive but is wonderfully capable and is gradually turning into one of the world's finest centre midfielders.

He plays a deep lying playmaker role, similar to Andrea Pirlo, and will be a permanent fixture for the Italian national team for the next decade and beyond. PSG will need the 22-year-old to be at his tenacious and talented best if they are to have a successful domestic and European campaign.

CM: Blaise Matuidi

Known in France as 'The Octopus' and the 'Man with Seven Lungs' for his incredible fitness and ability to cover every blade of grass, Matuidi is the engine-room for  the PSG side.

After snapping him up from Saint-Etienne in 2011, the French international is one of the Paris club's most important players as he drives them forward with as much energy as he uses tracking back and assisting the defence. Matuidi is one of the most loved players at the club and one of the most complete midfielders in world football.

RM: Lucas Moura

It promises to be a big season for the Brazilian flyer. He has now been recalled to the national team after controversially missing out on the World Cup squad and will hope to perform for both club and country.

Recently rewarded with a new long term contract, he will be hoping to build on his impressive early season form from last year and become a regular fixture in this star-studded PSG side. He should edge out Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi for a starting place.

LM: Angel di Maria

Les Parisiens' marquee signing of the summer, Di Maria should be a game changer for Laurent Blanc's side. An established world-class talent who lost confidence in England, the French league should be a perfect place to recover his form.

His wicked crossing ability from wide areas should play to the strengths of the two aerially-dominant centre forwards Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic so watch out for a big contribution to the PSG side this year from this assist-merchant.

CF: Edinson Cavani

The signing of Di Maria will probably benefit the Uruguayan the most as it should mean a change of formation to a more conventional 4-4-2 system seeing Cavani re-instated as a centre forward alongside Ibrahimovic.

The French side's record signing at €64 million, he still has many critics after having never quite reached the levels expected of him. Now will be the time to prove the doubters wrong for Cavani.

CF: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

PSG's talisman and face of French football, 'Ibra' has been a revelation since signing for the Ligue 1 giants and has certainly boosted the profile of the division considerably.

Paris will need him at his devastating best if they are to get to a Champions League final following three seasons of quarter-final heartbreak. At 33 this could well be the big Swede's last crack at winning the only trophy that has eluded him during his illustrious career.

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