UEFA Champions League 2019/20: Club Brugge vs Paris Saint-Germain - tactical analysis tactics

Paris St-Germain began their extraordinary run of success a little under a decade ago, and have since won six of the last seven Ligue 1 titles – and if these exciting Ligue 1 spread betting options are anything to go by, they are an unbackable favourite to win it again this season. Owing to the lower-quality of France’s top league, they may not get the attention that some of Europe’s biggest clubs do, but their domestic dominance has seen them become a constant Champion’s League threat. They have an array of top-level talent which many other European giants would love to get their hands on – so let’s take a look at five of PSG’s most coveted players.

Kylian Mbappe

At just 20 years of age, Mbappe is already one of the most sought-after players in world football. He burst into prominence with a brilliant string of performances during France’s successful 2018 World Cup campaign, and he hasn’t taken a step backwards this year.

The prodigious youngster first appeared for PSG in September of 2017, when the club’s run of dominance had already well and truly begun, but in his two years there he has played a major role in furthering it. Already this season he has scored nine goals and assisted on four more, and his extreme talent combined with his age have made him the target of some of the world’s biggest clubs. As probably PSG’s most important player, however, they’ll be intending to hang onto him for as long as possible.

Neymar

Few have ever doubted Neymar’s brilliance, and it was a major coup when he signed with PSG in 2017 – even if it set off a messy divorce with former club Barcelona. Unfortunately, since joining the club he has been riddled by injuries, missing almost a total of a year’s worth of action for the French giant.

There is also an element of controversy that comes with the territory with Neymar, but invariably this is far less of a problem when he is fit and firing, such is his talent. In 63 games with PSG he has scored a massive 55 goals, and when he is on the park he is a major reason for the club’s dominance. Earlier this year there was plenty of noise about a return to Barcelona, but that fell through and he stayed in France, where, once he can get back onto the field, he will continue to play a huge role.

Marco Verratti

The first player on this list to have been at PSG since they first began their current sustained run of success, Verratti’s presence at the club has become a symbol of its success. The creative Italian midfielder signed for Paris in the lead-up to the 2012-13 season, which would ultimately see their first league victory since 1994 and the first of four in a row.

One of the most talented footballers in the world, Verratti has made 282 appearances for PSG, and it’s no surprise that his role as a hard-working, creative and consistent piece of the team’s midfield has coincided with such incredible success.

Edinson Cavani

Yet another weapon in Paris St-Germain’s extraordinary offensive arsenal, Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has been involved in five of the six league titles that the club has won since 2013. After signing with PSG as a 26-year-old back in 2013, Cavani has compiled a history-making career with the club, having played 284 games and scoring 195 goals.

He has played at least 30 games every season he’s been at the club with the exception of 2018/19, and in January of 2018 became the most prolific scorer in PSG history. He was named Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 2016/17, the only season since he’s been there that they failed to win the title, and though he is now well into his 30s he appears to have plenty left to give as they look to continue their era of dominance.

Angel Di Maria

Di Maria joined PSG as they began to establish themselves as one of the better teams in Europe after a very brief stint at Manchester United. The speedy winger has played a major role in the three Ligue 1 titles the team has won since, with his creativity and technical prowess an important piece of the PSG puzzle.

Despite his diminutive stature, Di Maria is a talented athlete and has been a picture of consistency in his four full seasons in Paris, playing either 29 or 30 games and scoring at least 14 goals in every one of them. At 31 years of age, he joins Cavani as one of the more experienced players at PSG, having been a big part of their success for a number of years.