A house, a car, a phone, a watch or even clothes, but there are some things money can’t buy. I am sure there are many other things, that money can buy in one’s day-to-day life.
Without trying, I have half quoted the famous old Mastercard advert. In the footballing sense, there are also some things that money can’t buy. In the case of Chelsea, they weaken my argument, but I want to carry on going down this rabbit hole regardless.
Clubs like PSG have bought and sold many players since they had wealthy Qatari owners. Players like Lionel Messi have been signed as well as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar too, but despite such an outlay, the Qatari Sports Investments Group have yet to win the Champions League in their ownership.
It’s not been for the lack of trying. The Parisians tried to sign the best-attacking talent, world football has to offer, but that’s yet to work, they also signed one of the best, if not the best young goalkeeper in world football, and neither has that worked.
Reading and researching about some of the players that PSG have let go of is mind-boggling. Mike Maignon, Christopher Nkunku and Kingsley Coman just to name some.
To say letting players go of this quality is the reason why Paris Saint Germain haven’t won Europe’s top club prize is too easy, too simplistic, but it doesn’t help.
I also think the coaching has been an issue too. Nothing wrong with the actual coaches, in the time, that PSG has been Qatari owned, they have appointed some of the best managers in the game, but they have all struggled it can be argued to marry all parts of the team in one happy unit.
With Paris Saint Germain, my thoughts will always be the same, they’re a great team of individuals, that’s the point, they’re good on their own, but they’re not able to work together as a team.
After the last-16 defeat to six-time winners Bayern Munich, they don’t feel any closer to winning it. Another team that’s in a similar boat to the Parisians is of course English champions Manchester City.
City who have Abu Dhabi owners, too have overseen a lot of success, but just like with PSG, have not been able to get their hands on the Champions League.
It’s essentially the holy grail for both clubs. Out of the two sides, no biased when I say this either, but Man City seem closer to winning the title. City have spent over £1 billion to get this far, and I am sure PSG are somewhere similar to The Cityzens in terms of their spending on player transfers.
In the case of both sides, year upon year, it’s heartbreak after heartbreak. One club that broke the mould shall we say is Chelsea. Man City’s Premier League rivals have won the trophy twice in the last decade, something which PSG and Manchester City can’t say.
Chelsea like the other two clubs we have mentioned have shed a lot of money on player transfers, but they have two Champions League titles to show for it. In the two finals that The Blues did win, they didn’t sparkle their way to the title, they showed grit and determination, and relied on some luck.
Paris and Man City haven’t had luck in the big games to an extent, but both teams have made big mistakes in the big moments. It’s the finer details in life sometimes and this is what’s biting these two illustrious clubs very badly.
That’s our thoughts, so what’s yours? Drop your thoughts in the comments.
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