Although Paris Saint-Germain resides as one of the top favorites to wrap up the Champions League title this season, the sloppy start of the tournament has raised questions about whether the squad composed of the superstars can challenge other European giants for the ultimate prize.
The most expensive football roster on the planet is comfortably cruising towards back-to-back Ligue 1 title, but the things in the UEFA Champions League are not going as planned.
Allocated to the Champions League, Group C, next to the likes of Napoli, Liverpool, and Red Star Belgrade, the Parisians have so far struggled to replicate the same performance from the national championship.
With just one victory in the opening four Champions League fixtures, Thomas Tuchel’s team currently trail the Reds and the Partenopei by a point, with two matches left to play.
Not only PSG failed to beat the Italian side in both encounters, but they’ve also suffered a frustrating 3-2 loss to the Merseysiders on the opening Matchday, thanks to Roberto Firmino’s goal in the final minutes of the clash.
The only time Neymar and his fellow PSG colleagues played at the highest level was against the notably weaker Serbian outfit, whom they’ve demolished at Parc des Princes by six goals to one.
However, the fact that the reigning Ligue 1 champions failed to keep a clean sheet in top European club competition so far indicates the team is yet to reach the optimal level of focus.
Lack of concentration and motivation can be induced by undisputed dominance in the national championship, which saw Paris-based giants securing the maximum of 39 points after the opening 13 league fixtures.
The thing is, Paris Saint-Germain doesn’t have a ‘proper’ opponent in the Ligue 1 that can make title battle complicated and challenging for Thomas Tuchel and his players.
Unlike the Premier League or La Liga, the level of competitiveness in the French top flight has declined over the past couple of seasons, more precisely, from the very point Monaco started to fall apart.
A deficiency of high-profile games in the national championship has potentially deluded PSG’s players to believe in their invincibility, which proved to be costly at the international scene so far.
In the final games of the Champions League group stage, the Parisians will travel to Belgrade to face-off Red Star and will take on Liverpool on home soil.
Of those, two must-win contests, Thomas Tuchel’s players will get their chance to show they are the award-winning material.