Winning the league by 15 points would be considered an unqualified success at pretty much any club on the planet.
But at PSG.
The club had another Champions League Campaign to forget last season as they were knocked out in the round of 16 real Madrid in dramatic fashion, meaning the wait for that elusive European Cup continues.
PSG have sacked Mauricio Pochettino despite winning the league at a gallop last season
That ultimately cost manager Mauricio Pochettino his job, while sporting director Leonardo was also replaced.
And what about the game staff?
The club managed to keep Kylian Mbappe, but at what cost? Then there’s the uncertainty surrounding Lionel Messi and Neymar’s future at the club as neither is guaranteed to stay at Parc des Princes any longer.
Now the club are poised to sack up to nine players this summer to give new boss Christophe Galtier a chance to reshuffle his squad.
It’s already been an eventful summer for the Ligue 1 champions and it looks like plenty of drama is yet to come.
sports mail takes an in-depth look at what’s next for PSG off the pitch…
Squad overhaul has become a clear priority at PSG.
It was reported on Wednesday that the French club had decided to leave Nine.undesirable‘ players home for their pre-season tour of Japan, including Georginio Wijnaldum.
The former Liverpool midfielder joined Paris on a free transfer last year and appeared to be the steady hand the side needed in the middle of the park.
However, his first season was disastrous as he failed to make an early impression and was subsequently left out of the team for most of their biggest games – he didn’t play a minute in either game against Real Madrid.
PSG are ready to sack Georginio Wijnaldum after just one season at the club
He is now considered redundant and could be moved on in the coming weeks.
Other big names like Mauro Icardi, Julian Draxler and Ander Herrera are unpopular while PSG are also ready to say goodbye to Idrissa Gueye, Layvin Kurzawa, Junior Dina Ebimbe, Rafinha and Sergio Rico.
Whether PSG can get all those players out the door is another question, but they’re not part of Galtier’s plans at the moment and that’s unlikely to change any time soon.
WILL NEYMAR STAY OR GO?
Neymar became the world’s most expensive player when he joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017, but five years later his time in the French capital may be coming to an end.
He didn’t bring the club the Champions League trophy they coveted and the patience of the fans and the club hierarchy seems to be waning.
The Brazil winger was booed by a section of the supporters after his Champions League exit last season and it was reported last month that he was felt attacked by PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s criticism of the team, which made him reflect on his future.
It is still unclear whether Neymar will still be a PSG player at the start of the season
Neymar felt attacked by PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi last month who criticized the team
Chelsea and Juventus have both been linked with Neymar recently and he may want a change of scenery after half a decade at PSG.
Meanwhile, mixed news has come from the club, with some reports claiming PSG are open to his departure while new boss Galtier insisted he wants Neymar to stay close.
This saga could continue for the remainder of the transfer window, which is hardly ideal for Galtier as he looks to prepare for the upcoming season.
MESSI REMAINS – BUT HOW LONG?
Messi’s debut season at PSG has been underwhelming with his ridiculously high standards.
He only scored six league goals and was far outstripped by teammate Mbappe.
Still, his status as one of the greatest players of all time is assured and PSG are keen for him to stay.
The Argentine playmaker has one year left on his contract but the French want him to extend that contract for another 12 months.
Lionel Messi will stay at PSG until 2023 but it’s not clear if he will stay after that
However, Messi is keen to keep his options open until after the World Cup later this year, at which point he will be about to enter the final six months of his contract.
This leaves Galtier with a potentially tricky dilemma. Should he be building his side around an aging genius who might decide to leave in the next 12 months? Or should he try to put together a team that doesn’t become too dependent on individuals like Messi and can instead work together as a collective to achieve Champions League glory in the coming seasons?
It’s not an easy decision for the new manager.
We all know Mbappe’s role on the pitch. He is the leading man and one of the most exciting talents in world football. That will hardly change.
But what about off the pitch?
He made an amazing about-face to sign a new deal with PSG earlier this summer and turned down a last-minute chance to join Real Madrid.
PSG had to pull out all the stops to keep him and offered him a £34m-a-year contract and a £126m signing bonus, giving him significant control over his image rights and they promised to run the club revise .
Kylian Mbappe decided earlier this summer to devote his future to PSG until 2025
He’s been given a lot of power and it will be interesting to see how he uses it
There were even reports that Mbappe could have a say on signings and who is leaving the club.
Could this actually happen? For example, will Mbappe really get rid of Galtier if he doesn’t rate him?
That remains to be seen but PSG have certainly bestowed Mbappe with unprecedented power. How he uses it will be fascinating to see.
NO HONEYMOON TIME FOR GALTIER
The fact that PSG let Pochettino go without batting an eyelid shows just how cutthroat it is at the club. Winning the title is not enough – the Champions League is the priority.
Galtier has one of the most talented squads in Europe, which can be both a blessing and a curse. That means he has to deliver immediately.
New coach Christophe Galtier is expected to help PSG succeed immediately
It won’t be easy for the manager who messed up the odds of winning Ligue 1 with Lille in 2020-21.
Many managers before him have struggled to find the right formula at PSG but have then proven their class at other clubs, with Carlo Ancelotti and Thomas Tuchel both winning the Champions League since leaving the Parc des Princes.
As with Carlo Ancelotti and Thomas Tuchel, there can be very little doubt about Galtier’s credentials. But will he be given the chance to succeed, or will the problems resurface in the background, as has often happened in the past?