PSG will never succeed in the Champions League if Ligue 1's standard doesn't improve

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For the fourth season running, Paris Saint-Germain were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals, this time at the hands of Manchester City.

The Parisians invest in one or two big-name signings each and every summer with the intention of bolstering their chances on the European stage.

However, what continues to hinder PSG's chances of Champions League success isn't the quality of their squad, but the weakness of Ligue 1.


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Two uninspiring performances against Manuel Pellegrini's City saw the French side eliminated from the competition, a 1-0 defeat at the Etihad on Tuesday dealing the killer blow.

Many claimed it was a shock to see PSG beaten yet it shouldn't come as too big a surprise given the lack of competition they've faced domestically this season.

No one has come remotely close to challenging Laurent Blanc's side, who currently lead Ligue 1 by a remarkable 30 points having lost just twice all season.

This lack of competition has arguably played a damaging role in PSG's performances in the Champions League, with their players rarely tested and mentally prepared for the bigger games.

And this showed against City, with their star players off the pace and beaten by a hungrier and more energetic side. The Citizens stood firm at the back and pounced on the counter attack, whilst the French outfit lacked a plan B.

Their poor performance also exposed a number of players who simply weren't up to the challenge. Right-back Serge Aurier and Adrien Rabiot struggled to hold any kind of influence, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani starved of supply throughout.

Those who progress to the latter stages of the Champions League usually have at least two sides in their league capable of keeping them on their toes and forcing them to play at their best, and until PSG are provided a similar challenge in Ligue 1, they'll forever struggle to establish themselves in Europe.

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