For another season, the Champions League has eluded Paris Saint-Germain. They were knocked out in the round of 16 by Bayern Munich after losing the first leg 1-0 in Paris, and the second leg 2-0 in Munich.
Christophe Galtier has become yet another coach who could not get PSG over the line, at least not so far. It remains to be seen whether they will allow him to continue as the coach next season.
In 12 years of Qatar Sports Investment ownership, just over £1.5bn has been spent on players and they have gone beyond the quarter-finals of the Champions League twice. It’s no secret it’s the prize they desire most, but PSG have suffered failure year on year.
Here is a look at what PSG could do to finally bring Champions League glory to France in the 2023/34 season.
In these sort of situations, it can be the right call to get rid of the more established stars who are perhaps holding the team back. That is not entirely the case with PSG. They have to make sure they can keep Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe this summer as they simply cannot be replaced.
It will not be easy though as Messi is out of contract and Real Madrid could make a definitive move for Mbappe in the summer. Having failed to win the Champions League again, Mbappe could view this season as the final straw.
It has to be assumed there is at least one more season in Messi that makes him worth the figures it will take to keep him. Cash has never been the issue for PSG, though; it’s how they spread the spending and the characters they bring in.
As for Neymar, his injury issues mean he currently looks like the weak link of the three, despite his incredible talent. They seem to want him gone anyway and they cannot win the Champions League with three forwards who do no work off the ball.
PSG need to sacrifice a flair player for a more hard-working and industrial player somewhere else in the squad, in whatever shape they may choose.
The major area of the squad that needs addressing, beyond keeping two of their three superstars, is the defence. Injuries have been unfortunate for PSG this season but they have not been able to deal with them due to the lack of quality depth.
They started the second leg against Bayern Munich with Danilo Pereira, who is a midfielder, in the back three as Pascal Kimpembe is injured. Marquinhos was…
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