PSG are simply unstoppable this season

Ibrahimovic has struck up a brilliant relationship with di Maria

PSG are now 19 points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table after just 19 games played, and Saturday's 0-3 drubbing of Caen extended their unbeaten run to 28 top flight matches, bettering their team record from the 1993/94 season.

They have shown incredible consistency throughout this campaign and have all-but secured their fourth consecutive domestic title by Christmas. Here are the three main reasons why they are so comfortably ahead at this stage of the season:

1. Lack of competition

At the start of the season many people were talking about Lyon as genuine contenders for the title. They managed to ward off advances made for their talismanic striker and last season's Ligue 1 Player of the Year and top goalscorer, Alexandre Lacazette.


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With Nabil Fekir and new signing Mathieu Valbuena also in their ranks, it was expected that they would have enough talent and creativity to trouble even the most resolute of defences. 

19 games into the season and Lyon find themselves 25 points adrift of runaway leaders PSG, with any hopes of winning the title in tatters.

They have been remarkably inconsistent, with a leaky defence and a stuttering strike-force, after Fekir was ruled out injured for the season after just four league games and Alexandre Lacazette has seemingly lost his shooting boots, scoring only six goals in 15 league games.

It now appears that the best that they can possibly aim for is another second placed finish, but even that will be difficult unless they find some inspiration from somewhere. 

2. Smart summer investments

Even if they hadn't spent any money in the summer transfer window, they would still have won the league relatively easily.

However, recruiting some key members of the first team have turned PSG into a domestic powerhouse. 25-year-old German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp has come in and shown potential, even if he has made several errors along the way.

Young French international left-back Layvin Kurzawa has put pressure on veteran defender Maxwell and shown that he has the credentials to be a future PSG great. 

Then there is Angel Di Maria, who has returned to his best after what was a miserable season in England with Manchester United. Di Maria has been instrumental in PSG's surge clear at the top of the table, and he has struck up an instant partnership with Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who have both benefited from his creativity and pin-point crossing.

In 17 starts in all competitions for Les Parisiens, Di Maria has nine goals and nine assists and is a key member in the irrepressible PSG attacking machine. 


3. Ibrahimovic showing his best form at 34

This season he has become PSG's all-time record goalscorer and has enjoyed one of the most prolific campaigns of his career with 17 goals from 22 games in all competitions. He is the ultimate centre forward; competitive, strong, confident, and a ruthless finisher. Zlatan has shown exactly why he will go down as one of the finest players ever to play in France.

Alongside Di Maria and Cavani - who too has been in great goalscoring form with ten goals in 14 league starts - the Sweden captain has been unstoppable spearheading Laurent Blanc's attack. 

This year is a huge one personally for Ibrahimovic. It has been well documented that the only title missing in his trophy-laden career is the Champions League, and he will be more motivated than ever to win the hardest club competition in the world this season, as his illustrious career draws to a close.

As for Ligue 1, his goals have helped essentially wrap it up already just midway through the season. 


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