PSG Facing No Opposition in Ligue 1 This Season

By Juan Pablo Aravena
PSG hosts AS Monaco this weekend
Photo Courtesy of Official Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) Twitter Account

PSG started a rebuilding project in 2011 when Qatar Investment Authority, led by Nasser Al-Khelafi, decided to put millions into the team as they were looking to position Les Parisiens into the big European picture, much like Manchester City had already done in the past. In 2012, the Qatari group became the lone shareholder of the team and they only had one goal: to convert them into a European powerhouse.

Fast forward to 2013, and PSG has virtually no domestic competition. With players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva as their stars and a supporting cast that features the likes of Marco Verratti, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marquinhos, the team has no rival in the Ligue 1 as they are cruising towards a second straight title.

Through 14 games, the team managed by Laurent Blanc currently leads the league with ease with 34 points, seven more than Lille, the second-placed team in the standings. They remain undefeated in the campaign, and they also boast the best offense (30 goals scored) and the second-best defense (only eight goals against them).

PSG’s success is not only as a collective, but also individual as they have the top scorers. Both Zlatan and Cavani have scored nine goals already and are tied with Monaco’s Radamel Falcao. Their defense, on the other hand, has already recorded seven clean sheets throughout the campaign.

While it’s true that big-spenders AS Monaco could – and should – battle them for the title as the season advances, it doesn’t seem like PSG will be stopped this year. They look like they’re too much to handle for the rest of teams in the Ligue 1.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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