Paris Saint-Germain firepower enough to challenge for the Champions League

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Laurent Blanc's Paris Saint-Germain won comfortably against Swedish side Malmo on Tuesday night, Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani the goalscorers in the 2-0 victory.

A comfortable win against an inferior side albeit, but there is a strong belief this season that the Parisians could go the distance in the Champions League, especially with the aforementioned Di Maria, Cavani and ever-present Zlatan Ibrahimovic spearheading their attack.

Previous seasons have seen PSG do well in European competition, reaching the quarter-finals last campaign where they were defeated by Barcelona - whom went on to win the trophy - before which they appeared strong, beating the Catalonians in the group stages and famously knocking out Chelsea in the last 16.


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Those that have watched PSG this season know that they can push even further, though, given that they've won every game in Ligue 1 this season bar a draw last weekend to Bordeaux.

Their squad is improving season after season, now boasting an attacking line which is arguably as good as any other side, perhaps apart from Barcelona.

Featuring the aforementioned trio in their attack, alongside Ezequiel Lavezzi and Lucas Moura, competition is strong - in the absence of Ibrahimovic last weekend, Cavani scored two a stunning brace at home.

Their midfield is equally as strong, not to mention energetic, with Blaise Matuidi the main man, providing pace and power at the heart of the team and supported by the talented likes of Marco Verratti, Argentine Javier Pastore and Thiago Motta.

The defensive partnership of Brazilians David Luiz and Thiago Silva is as strong as it gets. The pair play together at international level and have a mutual understanding of how each other play, which is reflected on the pitch. Marquinhos - an exciting young prospect that PSG paid Roma €31 million Euros for in 2013 - provides an excellent back-up option.

This PSG side is the result of years of building and, whilst under the experienced management of Blanc, is capable of challenging any side in the world.

The hostile environment of a game played at the Parc Des Prince provides a real challenge to any visitor, and when combined with the raw talent on display, there is little argument to say that PSG can't go all the way this season, or to at least reach the latter stages of the competition.

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