It might be a new season for French champions Paris Saint-Germain, but their ambitions remain unchanged. Although focused on winning a third consecutive Ligue 1 title, the capital club have bigger fish to fry, and progress in the UEFA Champions League is an absolute priority this campaign.
For the past two terms, PSG have been European quarter-finalists twice. However, they arguably should not have let a potential place in last season’s semi-final slip against Chelsea, throwing away a 3-1 first-leg lead and going out—once again—on away goals.
Although it was not a step backwards, it was also not really progress and les Parisiens’ coach Laurent Blanc is expected to do better this year after showing some tactical naivety over the two legs against Chelsea. Having strengthened once again this summer—albeit not as thoroughly as they might have liked so far—PSG are equipped to once again challenge for continental football’s top prize.
Here are five reasons why they will be successful this season.