This is the fourth season in a row that PSG have been dumped out of the Champions League in the quarter finals. Every summer, the Parisians invest in one or two massive signings, with the club hierarchy stating that it will give them the edge in Europe’s premier club competition. However, the weakness of France’s Ligue 1 continues to mean that PSG fall short against the continent’s biggest and best clubs.
This year, PSG went out of the Champions League after two uninspiring performances against Manchester City, with a 1-0 defeat in Manchester seeing them beaten 3-2 on aggregate. Many claimed it was a shock to see PSG beaten, but based on the sort of opposition that they’ve come up against in the league this season, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.
No one has come close to PSG in France this season, and they have walked the league, and currently lead Ligue 1 by an incredible 30 points. They have been beaten once all season, that defeat coming at the hands of Lyon, with the title already sewn up by that stage.
The lack of competition has certainly hurt PSG’s performances in the Champions League this season. The players have been rarely tested since the beginning of the campaign and you could see the effect it had on them against City.
Laurent Blanc’s men were off the pace at the Etihad Stadium, and they were beaten by a much better team. City remained compact at the back, and the French side lacked a plan B, and it cost them.
The performance also exposed certain players in the PSG who simply weren’t up to the standard required. The likes of Serge Aurier and Adrien Rabiot really struggled to influence the game in any sort of positive way, with star men Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani starved of supply.
Every side that makes it into the latter stages of the Champions League plays in a league where there are at least two teams who give them a tough game where they have to play at their best. Until they get this sort of competition in Ligue 1, PSG will never be able to become a real force in European football.