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Crowned with an extraordinary transfer window and its latest performances in the Champions League, PSG begins Wednesday the C1 in the unexpected position of the favorite. Against Bruges, the Parisians should line up for the first time their Messi-Neymar-Mbappé attack that makes Europe dream and tremble.
Messi, Neymar, Mbappé, Verrati, Wijnaldum, Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Hakimi, Nuno Mendes, Navas, Donnarumma… Don’t throw any more ! PSG’s scoresheet looks like an All-star team, cut to win any football competition. It remains not to take the feet in the red carpet for his start of the competition, Wednesday 15 September in Belgium at Club Brugge.
The third is the right one
“This time it’s the right one”: that’s the tune in vogue in the French capital, which is still waiting to become the second French club winning the Champions League, 28 years after the OM. The PSG Qatari version has always managed to get out of the Champions League pools, since the 2012-2013 edition.
Better, he has been in the habit of joining the last square for two years. In 2020, he failed in the final against Bayern Munich (1-0). In 2021, the Parisian club was eliminated by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the end of a double confrontation. He will meet Mancunians this year from the group stage.
To this good dynamic, is added a stratospheric transfer window directed by the Club de la Ville Lumière. For the big ears of the coveted trophy, PSG offered Lionel Messi, who was thought to be forever linked to FC Barcelona, but also Ashraf Hakimi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Nuno Mendes and Sergio Ramos.
Unbeaten in the League (five wins out of five), PSG is currently bathed in a sweet euphoria. And, in Bruges, coach Mauricio Pochettino should line up for the first time his attacking trio Messi-Neymar-Mbappé, which is already making Europe salivate.
The whole of Europe softens PSG’s ambitions
With such an armada, PSG went into another dimension. The goalkeeper of Club Brugge, Simon Mignolet, understands this easily before facing the Parisian ogre: “It is normal that we talk more about PSG than Club Brugge, we do not only play against PSG but also against the biggest star in the world [Messi, NDLR]. We are humble, we know we are playing against the strongest, we accept the challenge,” explains the Belgian goalkeeper.
He is not the only one to see in the Parisians the future winners of the C1. Former Brazilian goalscorer Ronaldo himself praised Kylian Mbappé’s teammates: “It is still too early to know who will win the Champions League, the picture begins to draw from the quarter-finals. Paris Saint-Germain is in pole position, ” explains the Madrid legend. He warns, however: “‘ Winning is not mathematical, even if you have the best team. This also applies to PSG.”
Ronaldo 🇧 🇷 on PSG’s chances in the LDC : “It was the case of Real Madrid for five seasons with the Galactics, but they never won the LDC. Winning is not mathematical, even if you have the best team. This also applies to PSG. »
– Football News (@ActuFoot_) September 7, 2021
For The Team, the French daily sports reference, PSG is the “natural favorite of the Champions League” ahead of Bayern Munich, Manchester City or Chelsea, yet the reigning European champion. Due to the huge reinforcements that arrived this summer, Paris is considered “the team to beat in the eyes of the rest of Europe”.
The Spanish newspaper AS qualifies Paris as “a new declared capital of football “with” a dream attacking line alongside Mbappé and Neymar”. For the media close to Real Madrid, there is no doubt: “It is now or never for Parisians !”On the Italian side, Parisians are “doomed to win the Champions League” and have “no excuse” in case of failure, warns Gazzetta dello Sport.
Beware of the English and Ronaldo
Who could oppose a final coronation in Paris ? In addition to the Parisians themselves, known to stumble at the worst of times, the answer is certainly to look across the Channel, where thanks to the relaxation of financial fair play (FPF), real armadas have been formed.
The English juggernauts have drawn the checkbook, like City for Jack Grealish (117 million euros), and the “Blues” of Chelsea, reigning European champions, with Romelu Lukaku (115 million). The “Red Devils” outbid Jadon Sancho (85 million), Raphaël Varane (40 million) and, above all, Cristiano Ronaldo, the darling of Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009.
The Portuguese superstar, after three mixed years at Juventus, felt that he had a better chance of lifting the “Big-eared Cup” with the Mancunians – which he has already managed, in 2008.
After years of endless rivalry in La Liga, will we see the living legends Messi and Ronaldo clash in the final at their respective new club ? The scenario is already dreaming.