PSG thrashed Troyes 9-0 in the weekend to seal the Ligue 1 title in March. Besides the fact that it was the biggest away win in the history of Ligue 1. The Parisians wrapped up the French league title on March 13, with the previous best April 15. In fact, even on a European level, they wrapped up the league with eight games to play compared to Pep Guardiola’s historic win with Bayern Munich seven games before the end. As a bonus, Zlatan Ibrahimovic reached 102 goals in only 115 games but he looks set to leave by the end of the season. Now that PSG are the French champions, their true season begins. Will they go after the Champions League title?
PSG have now won 28 domestic title, on par with Marseille but that is no longer a major achievement. The club is expected to become one of the world’s best and failure in Europe will not help their cause at all. Their most important victory came just one week before, when they defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to proceed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. It was PSG’s first win in England and it reflects how the power balance has shifted and continues to shift with Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea missing out on Champions League football next season.
Their win at Stamford Bridge wasn’t a fluke. They dominated possession and played quite well. Zlatan was the star of the show just like he was in the game against Troyes but his time is running up and with his contract running out in the summer, he may want to win the Champions League to cement himself as a legend in Paris. PSG will be hoping to play one of Benfica, Wolfsburg, Manchester City or even Atletico Madrid. The only real threats to them are going to be Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid. In case they evade them in the upcoming round then anything is possible in the semi-finals and it could be their first chance at making it to the final.
The luck of the draw could very much determine the fate of any team and their road to the final. Zlatan is in his final season at the club and this is his last chance at winning the Champions League. He has nothing else to focus on at the moment but do they have what it takes to eliminate Bayern Munich or Barcelona?