Category: Ligue 1

Paris Saint Germain’s Tridente: The new kids on the block

Paris Saint Germain’s Tridente: The new kids on the block

Paris Saint-Germain chiefs did well to reinforce the squad in the summer transfer window and trio Edinson Cavani – Kylian Mbappe – Neymar looks unstoppable at the start of the season. Les Parisiens are eager to go all the way in the Champions League this term and the aforementioned Tridente is definitely capable of helping the Ligue 1 side win their first ever trophy in the elite competition..

Edinson Cavani

After scoring no more than 19 goals in the 2015/2016 Ligue 1 campaign, Edinson Cavani impressed in the French top flight last term. In Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s absence the Uruguayan attacker established himself as PSG key striker and it has to be noted that he netted 35 goals in 36 appearances for the capital club in the national championship last term. Edinson Cavani continues where he left last season and he has been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season. The former Napoli attacker has been having much more clear-cut opportunities to score ever since Kylian Mbappe and Neymar joined the squad and, taking everything into account, yet another successful season is ahead of Cavani.


When PSG signed Neymar from Barcelona in a £200m world-record deal, nobody expected that the Brazilian ace would pay-off. However, the pacey winger has been producing terrific performances with les Parisiens and, no doubt, he is capable of bringing glory days back to Parc des Princes. Neymar is helping PSG improve their game and he is likely to play key role in Unai Emery’s team in the 2017/2018 Champions League campaign. The big-money signing needs to remain injury-free and that should be the key to Paris Saint Germain’s success in the elite competition this season. Neymar scored his first ever Champions League goal with PSG in a 5-0 win over Celtic, with the Brazilian ace finding the net in a 3-0 victory over star-studded Bayern Munich as well. Neymar is always attacking, he is always on the move and it is more than obvious that his class is pushing les Parisiens forward.

Kylian Mbappe

Last but not least is Kylian Mbappe, who signed a loan deal with Paris Saint Germain ahead of a £166.4m transfer from Monaco next summer and the 18-year-old France international is widely expected to shine in the 2017/2018 season with les Parisiens. The teen sensation is very fast with and without the ball, and his explosive turn of pace is always giving him advantage over opposition defenders. Mbappe is undisputedly the piece of the puzzle Paris Saint-Germain were missing and he proved his worth in the 3-0 crushing of Bayern Munich. The French rising star is on the right track to become one of the best strikers in the football history, but PSG coach Unai Emery must warn him against complacency.

PSG chiefs obviously have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 Champions League campaign and aforementioned Tridente is widely expected to impress in the elite competition. Given the pace, technique and finishing of each of the three PSG attackers Cavani, Neymar and Mbappe, it is no surprise they are considered the best trio in the Champions League.


Ligue 1 Season Preview 2017/2018

Ligue 1 Season Preview 2017/2018

Against all odds Monaco won the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 title, with the team putting an end to PSG’s dominance in French football. Les Rouges et Blancs are on a quest to defend their trophy, but it remains to be seen if they are capable of repeating the success.

Monaco were producing splendid displays in both Ligue 1 and the Champions League last term. Les Rouges et Blancs finished the season in top position in the standings, eight points clear of star-studded PSG, while making it to the semi-finals of the elite competition. The likes of Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Bakayoko and Germain all left the club in the summer transfer window, while last season’s top scorer Kylian Mbappe is heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid. Without the talented attacker up front Monaco would have slim chances of defending their Ligue 1 title as he will be sorely missed in the 2017/2018 campaign.

Paris Saint Germain are eager to regain the domestic title. Les Parisiens have big ambitions for the upcoming season and the club chiefs are determined to reinforce the squad. Barcelona superstar is on PSG’s radar and the Parc des Princes outfit are seen as main favourites to sign the Brazilian. The club management has already signed Juventus full-back Dani Alves and Real Sociedad left-back Yuri this summer, whilst Barcelona are keen on bringing PSG midfielder Marco Verratti to Camp Nou. Anyhow, les Parisiens are considering No. 1 favourites to win the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 title as Monaco are unlikely to keep hold of their first-team regulars.

It has been seven years since Olympique Marseille won their last domestic title. OM owners did well to add several top-class players in the January transfer window, with Premier League ace Dimitri Payet joining the Stade Velodrome outfit. Payet is likely to play the main role in Rudi Garcia’s team, whilst latest signing Vincent Germain should pose a big threat for opposition defenders as well. Many people believe that the time has come for Olympique Marseille to bring glory days back to Stade Velodrome and I predict that they will record a good result in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign. Taking everything into account, OM are definitely capable of finishing the season in top three and booking their place in the Champions League.

Nice impressed in the national championship last term, with the team finishing the season in third place in the standings. Les Aiglons take on Ajax in the Champions League third qualifying round and upcoming matches against the Eredivisie club will be anything but a walk in the park for Lucien Favre’s troops. Mario Balotelli is still part of the team, but Younes Belhanda, who was producing scintillating showings in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign, joined Galatasaray earlier this summer. Coach Lucien Favre still has a number of high-profile footballers to choose from and I would not be surprised if les Aiglones book their place in European competitions.

Olympique Lyon head into the new season without their top scorer and key player Alexandre Lacazette. The new Arsenal attacker will be sorely missed in the 2017/2018 season and I do not believe that les Gones are going to win their first Ligue 1 title since 2008. Taking everything into account, Paris Saint Germain, who managed to keep hold of their star players in the summer transfer window, are widely expected to regain the domestic trophy, but, no doubt, yet another entertaining season is on the cards.

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