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Home Cooking: How the Parc has powered PSG’s rise

Home Cooking: How the Parc has powered PSG’s rise

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Publish on 02/13 at 14:00 - E. DEVIN

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With an incredible 13 match unbeaten run at the Parc des Princes, Paris Saint-Germain have risen to the top of Ligue 1.

There was no question entering the season that Paris Saint-Germain would be favorites to repeat the Ligue 1 title — while they had lost some veteran performers like Lionel Messi, Neymar and Marco Verratti in the summer, there were plenty of exciting arrivals as well. French internationals Ousmane Dembélé and Randal Kolo Muani led the way, but in the likes of Milan Skriniar, Manuel Ugarte and Marco Asensio, the capital side also stocked up on a plethora of experienced internationals.

With so many comings and goings, however, the start to the season was challenging for the holders under Luis Enrique. OGC Nice and AS Monaco, both without European obligations, had both started the season strongly, and upstart Stade Brestois had also impressed in the season’s early going. A corrective was need, and PSG have found it in their home form, both in Europe and domestically.

 

 



Eleven points clear of their nearest rival in the table, in Ligue 1, no team has picked up more points than the leaders at home — their 26 points edges out Nice on 24 and Lille on 23. On the attacking front, with Kylian Mbappé in his customarily brilliant form, the hosts have scored an incredible 30 goals at home in the league, eight more than any other side.

The same is true of their Champions League campaign — of the eight points won by Luis Enrique’s team in the group stage, seven of them have come in the friendly confines of the Parc des Princes. Ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Real Sociedad, PSG can also draw on a more lengthy run of strong form in the competition — they’ve lost just once in their last eleven matches in the competition, an auspicious figure ahead of a high-pressure Round of 16 tie.



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