Great outsider to the final victory in the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain was looking forward to the draw of the group stages to know the teams he was going to face. If the group seems a priori affordable for Parisians, beware of unpleasant surprises. This is why the group of the Ile-de-France club is more complicated than it seems.
The terrible Real Madrid present
It was probably among the teams in hat 2, the one that had to be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately for Paris Saint Germain, the vagaries of the draw put the club Merengue on the road of Paris. If the PSG is in the group of Real Madrid this is nothing reassuring. With 13 titles won record in the competition, Real Madrid is a huge opponent for the club of the capital.
After a past catastrophic season when the Madrid had stopped in the knockout stages beaten by Ajax, the club of the White House begins this revanchist season and aims to recover his title. The club has also given itself the means to succeed, by recruiting players like Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy or Luka Jovic. Finally, it must be remembered that during the last confrontation between the two teams two years ago, it was Real Madrid who had won and had eliminated the PSG of the competition.
Galatasaray, not the best of prints
During the counting of hat 3, PSG discovered another Galatasaray opponent. If the Parisians can be relieved to have avoided Inter Milan also present in this hat, Paris Saint Germain will still have to be wary of the Turkish club.
Indeed, if on paper there seems to be a gap between the two teams, the Turkish club presents players of very good quality and could still strengthen by the end of the transfer window. The Istanbul club still hopes to recruit the Colombian Radamel Falcao of Monaco who could complete a team already made up of very good players like Steven Nzonzi, Jean-Michaël Seri or Younes Belhanda. Moreover, during the reception of the PSG, the Turkish club knows that it can count on its public boiling to push it and maybe make a result against the Parisians. All these factors suggest that everything will not be easy for PSG.
Finally, the Club Brugge seems clearly a notch below and should not be too much trouble for men Thomas Tuchel even if the example of the Red Star of Belgrade who had upset the PSG last season encourages caution.