Olympique Marseille’s success in 1993 is the only occasion in which a French side have won the UEFA Champions League. And that was marred by controversy as they had their Ligue 1 title stripped that season for match-fixing.
The closest a French side has come since was AS Monaco reaching the 2004 final in which they were thrashed 3-0 by José Mourinho’s FC Porto.
Since 2011 Paris Saint-Germain have been the wealthiest club in France, following their purchase by Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI). With that have come many star names and the majority of the French trophies.
Over the past seven seasons PSG have won Ligue 1 on five occasions, the Coupe de France four times and the Coupe de la Ligue five times. However, the Champions League still eludes them.
The furthest the Parisians have reached is the semi-final stage and that was actually back in 1994-95. Since QSI’s purchase, PSG have failed to progress further than the quarter-final stage and have even been eliminated in the round of 16 for each of their past two campaigns.
Whilst the league has so far been a breeze for new manager Thomas Tuchel, nine wins from nine and an eight-point lead over Lille in second place, the Champions League hasn’t come with such plain sailing.
PSG were beaten 3-2 at Liverpool in their opening group game before bouncing back with a 6-1 thrashing of Red Star Belgrade. However, it leaves them third in the group, one point behind leaders Napoli after two games.
The Italian side are set to face Paris Saint-Germain in their next two fixtures which will go a long way to determining who progresses and who wins this group. Liverpool can be expected to have nine points after their next two games against Red Star Belgrade, likely making it a tight group between the top three.
Bookmakers Paddy Power are undeterred by PSG’s start to the group as they have the French champions as fourth favourites, according to their Champions League winner odds.
Tuchel’s side are blessed with an abundance of talent, particularly in attack where they have the likes of Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Ángel Di María and teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé.
The latter has already achieved so much in his career, despite only being 19 years of age. He is a back-to-back Ligue 1 champion having won it in 2017 with AS Monaco and 2018 with PSG. And this past summer he scored a goal in the final as France won the 2018 World Cup.
The graphic below outlines some of the striker’s successes: