Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 campaign got off to a terrible start with back-to-back defeats against RC Lens and Olympique de Marseille–not the ideal way to kick off a new season. They were, of course, missing key players, but two reverses in a row were cause for concern. Thankfully, they are beginning to look like their usual selves, putting together a string of victories to move them into the top three in the table.
PSG got back to winning ways against FC Metz before a more emphatic victory came along against Patrick Vieira’s OGC Nice. A three-nil win, with goals courtesy of Kylian Mbappé, Angel Di Maria, and Marquinhos, was the perfect remedy to erase the memory of the back to back defeats. And, PSG followed on in style by running out comfortable winners away at Stade de Reims. This time, it was Mauro Icardi doing the damage with a brace.
The reigning Ligue 1 champions saved their best performance and most impressive result for the game before the international break. They took on Angers SCO at the Parc des Princes and put on a tremendous display in their massive 6-1 victory. They were, as you will expect, the dominant force from start to finish, with superstars Neymar Jr. and Mbappé wreaking havoc in the final third.
PSG are purring again, now that their star men are back fit and playing, and it will take something impressive to prevent them from securing another Ligue 1 title. This is feeling is backed up by the odds all bookmakers are offering on the club winning the league at the end of this season. Furthermore, the PSG’s dominance is expected to continue for quite some time, with several new sports-books to be launched including Party Casino’s betting service taking the view that no other team is even close to rivaling the top spot in French football.
Icardi, who made his loan stay with PSG permanent this summer, has two goals in four outings in Ligue 1 so far this season. His record in the French top-flight is impressive, with the Argentinian having a return of fourteen goals in twenty-four games, and he will need to keep up this form for PSG to mount a successful title defense. Yes, the current champions do have the likes of Mbappé and Neymar, who will always weigh in with goals and assists, but, they can’t afford to become over-reliant, and everybody must contribute.
In terms of their league campaign, you will be hard pushed to find anyone willing to back against PSG bagging another title. Still, after missing out on several targets in the transfer window, their squad could be left wanting when it comes to competing on multiple fronts. Icardi and Alessandro Florenzini are two first-teamers to arrive in the window, but moves for Chelsea FC’s Tiemoue Bakayoko and Olympique Lyonnais’ Houssem Aouar did not come to fruition. More quality in depth could be the difference between PSG making the UEFA Champions League final and winning it, rather than being left empty-handed.
Elsewhere, Uruguayan Edinson Cavani has agreed to join Manchester United on a free transfer after leaving PSG in July at the end of his contract. The 33-year-old, who scored a magnificent two hundred times for the club, was a transfer target for a wealth of European outfits, but Old Trafford is where he will be plying his trade for the foreseeable future.
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