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Can PSG overcome Barcelona, Manchester City and co in the Champions League?

Paris Saint-Germain are quickly becoming one of France’s most successful clubs following the purchase by Oryx Qatar Sports Investments in 2011.

During the seven seasons under QSI, PSG have won the Ligue 1 title on five occasions, the Coupe de France four times and the Coupe de la Ligue five times.

Following the appointment of Thomas Tuchel as manager over the summer, the Parisians are on course for title number six in eight years as they have already opened up an eight-point lead over Lille in second place by winning their opening nine games.

In the process they have scored 32 goals and conceded just six. Their star-studded lineup includes Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Ángel Di María and Kylian Mbappé in attack.

Indeed, it is 19-year-old striker Mbappé who could be the difference between Champions League glory and not this season. The teenage sensation has already struck an incredible eight goals in only five league appearances so far this campaign and in each of his appearances so far in Europe’s elite club cup competition.

This is after scoring in the 2018 World Cup final, a tournament in which he also netted a brace versus Argentina in the second round.

However, PSG’s weakness could be in defence this season, as shown when they shipped three goals in their loss at Liverpool in their opening group game. Alphonse Areola is keeping Gianluigi Buffon on the bench in the Champions League and the French goalkeeper is protected by Thomas Meunier, Presnel Kimpembe, Thiago Silva and Juan Bernat in defence.

Whilst PSG followed up their defeat at Anfield with a 6-1 thumping of Red Star Belgrade, they have back-to-back games against Napoli upcoming that could decide their fate in this season’s competition. The Italian side currently sit top of the group on four points, with Liverpool in second due to their head-to-head record versus the Ligue 1 champions.

However, the bookmakers still have faith in the French outfit as Paddy Power Champions League betting odds have Paris Saint-Germain as 8/1 fourth favourites to go all the way this season – only Barcelona (5/1), Manchester City (5/1) and Juventus (13/2) currently have shorter odds.

PSG have never gone past the quarter-final stage during the QSI ownership so it will be important for Tuchel to impress this season as his future is likely to depend on his side’s performance in the Champions League.

Can 19-year-old Kylian Mbappé make the difference for Tuchel and his side this season? Only time will tell…

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