Paris Saint-Germain have been a team on the fringes of winning the big fish – the UEFA Champions League for the last few years now. finished as runners up in the 2019-20 season and then got knocked out in the semi-final stage in an ugly manner in the previous season.
Ever since PSG got funding from Qatar, the main ambition of this club has been the Champions League. They haven’t been shy of splashing their wealth in the transfer window and have done the same this time around as well. In a situation where most football clubs aren’t financially sound, PSG have gone out there and acquired the likes of Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Achraf Hakimi, all in the same window. Reports suggest that they aren’t done yet, as on their radar is another marquee signing. They have been eyeing Manchester United’s Paul Pogba for some time now and let’s see if this homecoming happens in this window or not.
Irrespective of whether Pogba signs or not, PSG are still in great shape for competing in the Champions League this season and here are the reasons why.
IMPRESSIVE TRANSFER WINDOW
As mentioned before, in a single transfer window PSG have managed to pick up Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Achraf Hakimi. Most of them are on free transfers but are on massive wages. Hakimi is the only one for whom they have gone in and broken the bank but bear in mind that he is just 22-years-old and has already reached great levels in his career.
If you look at all the signings individually then you’d see that they all make plenty of sense and improve the squad in their respective positions. Ramos makes the defence better. He comes in with Marquinhos next to him and Kimpembe as the reserve centre back. Those are three solid options for Pochettino to choose from. Wijnaldum comes into that box-to-box midfielder role who has goals in him as we saw recently in the Euro 2020. Donnarumma is arguably one of the best keepers in the world and would compete with another world-class one in Keylor Navas. Achraf Hakimi is outstanding as a right-back and even better when deployed as a wing-back.
So far the transfer window has been remarkable for the Parisians and expect these world-class talents to get up and running in no time.
LONG-TERM CONTRACT SIGNED WITH POCHETTINO
This would be Mauricio Pochettino’s first full season in charge at the club. There were plenty of rumours in the last phase of the season that the Argentine wasn’t happy in Paris and that he would make a move back to Tottenham as Jose Mourinho’s replacement. None of that has transpired, rather PSG went on to sign another extension with Pochettino that keeps him at the club till 2023 now. This is big news for the players as well as the club as they can finally start looking towards a brighter future with their Argentine charismatic coach.
PLAYERS WITH A WINNING MENTALITY
PSG have world-class talent in all areas of the field now. But what they were lacking before was the mentality of winning the big matches from crunch situations. They seem to have tried to fix it this summer by adding players like Ramos who has won almost every major trophy in world football. Wijnaldum won the Champions League and the Premier League with Liverpool not too long ago. Donnarumma just won the European Championship and Hakimi is coming into this season as the Serie A champion.
A squad that already comprises winners in Neymar, Marquinhos, Marco Verratti and Kylian Mbappe will have more players who have seen it and done it at the highest level. It sounds like a recipe for success and it could be the turning point in the French club’s future.
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