Paris Saint-Germain’s goal in the Qatar Sports Investment era is to win the UEFA Champions League. While the capital club has yet to reach this goal, one former player notes that they would’ve won Europe’s top competition had Carlo Ancelotti remained in charge.
In an interview given to Le Parisien on Friday, the former Parisian defender believes that PSG would have already achieved its goal of winning the Champions League if Ancelotti had extended his venture in Paris.
The Italian manager arrived in the French capital in 2011, and during his tenure, he won a Ligue 1 title (2013). He also guided Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his partners to the quarter-final of the Champions League in 2013. Ancelotti has explained that he left PSG because he felt he had lost the confidence of its leaders.
Nonetheless, former PSG defender Sylvain Armand believes that had Ancelotti remained with the Parisians, they would have already won a Champions League trophy.
“If Carlo Ancelotti had stayed longer, Paris would, I think, already be a European champion,” Armand told Le Parisien. “It seems to me the right solution [to pursue top French talents]. When we compare with other teams like City, there are great players; we need them, but not only that. A team is a clever mix.
“There is less bling-bling, as there may have been in the days of Neymar, Messi, or Ramos; that is understandable. Today, the notoriety of PSG is no longer in doubt. It is necessary to attract complementary players. This was perhaps not the case last season with certain oversized egos.”