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Dethroned: PSG need to get busy this summer after disappointing season

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Paris St. Germain have a lot of things to prepare for if they are to rebound from such a horror ending to their term.

For a club with the slogan: Revons plus grand, which means “dream bigger” in English, a runner-up finish behind a youthful Monaco side is counted as disappointment, especially after they made a habit of lifting the Hexagoal ( the Ligue 1 trophy) in the past four seasons.

They also were on the bad end of a historic Champions League night, as their choke job at Camp Nou allowed Barcelona to become the first team in European Cup history of knockout games to overcome a 0-4 first leg deficit.

PSG already bagged the Coupe de la Ligue, and can go for at least a consolation cup double when they go against Angers in the Coupe de France final, but they need to work hard in the coming summer if they want to get back on the track they’ve been on a season ago.

TRANSITION

With a 20/20 hindsight, it seems the writing was on the wall for PSG’s struggles, since they parted ways with both their manager Laurent Blanc and their best player Zlatan Ibrahimovic over the summer of 2016. While Blanc was never a top-class manager and Ibrahimovic is already past his prime, it doesn’t help any team to lose such key members and hope to keep competing for titles.

PSG brought in Unai Emery as the next boss, hoping his Europa League successes with Sevilla can be translated to PSG and the club’s Champions League ambitions, but he fell short of installing his break-neck pace football and the team sometimes go back to the philosophies of the sacked Blanc.

Veteran defender Thiago Motta claimed if they’ve been more consistent, they could have challenged Monaco better and could have even won their fifth straight Hexagoal.

“The championship race was balanaced, but Monaco were more consistent than us,” said the 35-year-old midfielder.

Edinson Cavani scored a league-best 35 goals, but without a partner of Ibrahimovic’s caliber, he failed to lead the team to more wins and lost the title to the principality stadium, who were playing with so much zest they reached they even dazzled their way into the Champions League semi-final.

PRAY FOR THE MESSI-AH

The Qatari owners of PSG are reportedly intent on bringing the Champions League cup to the French capital, and are willing to spend cash if they can get closer to their goal.

Given they allowed Blanc to stay for three years, Emery should not be in real trouble, but he will fight for his job starting next season.

With owners willing to splash the kitty, and a manager looking to lift heavy silverware next season, PSG will be in every market hoping to land a player who can help their make their dreams into reality.

But with China luring teams with outrageous buying fees and luring players with even more outrageous salaries, PSG are not short on competition.

If there are any targets, Motta has one name in mind.

“It’s easy: Lionel Messi,” said Motta when asked who would be ideal for PSG. “Imagine Messi coming to Paris St. Germain. The enthusiasm that it can bring.”

“I’m not just talking about on the field. I played with him. He’s a winner. The difference with other players is enormous. Outside the field, media, it would be something enormous. This would give the team even greater dimension.”

Signing Messi is currently a pipe dream since his transfer fee is reported to be above £200 million, but with Barca having Neymar, Luis Suarez and a school full of Messi prototypes, it might not be such a farfetched dream for long.