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I love what Paris Saint-Germain are doing: buy as many players as possible. Why not?
This past week, PSG sporting director Leonardo and manager Carlo Ancelotti brought in Dutch international Gregory van der Wiel from Ajax for €6 million. For me, I think that’s a good deal.
With Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura and Ezequiel Lavezzi already purchased this summer, the total tab for PSG for the summer of 2012 is €146 million.
All that money to try and buy a winner sooner rather than later.
While many people do not like what teams like PSG are doing, I’m all for it. Why?
Because I want to see if this works.
We've seen Roman Abramovich spend a fortune at Chelsea since he bought the London club. It took a while, but Roman finally got the Champions League title he dreamed of last season. Manchester City are following suit at spending money for not just a EPL title, which they got last season, but of course for a European title as well.
Will PSG win the UEFA Champions League soon? Don’t count on it.
But having another “All-Star team” in Europe is not a bad thing for us fans. It’s not bad for France as well, because let’s face it, Ligue I needs a mega-team like PSG.
Sorry, but Olympique Lyon and Olympique Marseille are big clubs (for France), but they obviously don’t have the funds that PSG has to truly compete in the Champions League anytime soon.
In the totem pole of European leagues, Ligue I falls behind the EPL, La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga. Ligue I officials may not want to admit it, but PSG makes football fans who normally don’t watch the French league want to watch their league. More viewers mean more buzz and more buzz means more publicity for the league.
All of which usually leads to more money. And who doesn’t want and love more money?
Just ask Paris Saint-Germain.
Keep spending, boys. I’m sure they’ll win Ligue I soon enough. But a Champions League title, not so fast.
You can buy players, but a bunch of All-Stars with no team chemistry will not win you a Champions League. Roman Abramovich can tell you, it takes time, building team chemistry, a bit of luck and for your players to finally become “a team” to win a UEFA Champions League.