PSG find themselves in an unfamiliar place in Ligue 1, sitting in fourth and looking up at Mario Balotelli's Nice in first. That said, after winning four straight league titles, glory in the Champions League is undoubtedly their priority. This year’s campaign began with a 1-1 draw against Arsenal in Paris, which isn’t a bad result in isolation, but the match was certainly Edinson Cavani’s to win and has PSG level with the other three teams in Group A. Versatile Italian midfielder Marco Verratti will be back in the squad after being sidelined with a calf injury. Ludogorets will be facing French opposition for the first time, coming off the back of 3-1 and 5-1 wins in the Bulgarian top flight. A trio of Brazilians - Wanderson, Jonathan Cafu, and Marcelinho - each have at least three goals for the club in the league, as does Romanian forward Claudiu Keseru. The real question will be if they can stop PSG (don't count on it).
The Bulgarian champions make it to the group stage for the second time in three years after getting past Czech side Plzen in their play-off. Their squad is a mix of Brazilians looking to move up the ranks in Europe and journeymen from leagues across Eastern Europe. The Flying Eagles will be led by the Bulgarian league’s top scorer, Claudiu Keșerü, who nabbed 15 last year. Their inclusion should make for entertaining TV viewing as Arsenal and PSG visit the 8,808 capacity Ludogorets Arena.
PSG are gearing up to win a fifth Ligue 1 title that feels almost like a foregone conclusion, even with Zlatan’s departure. Again, the measure of their season will be how well they do in Europe. To that end, they’ve brought in former Sevilla manager Unai Emery who won three Europa League titles during his tenure. They’ve also added to the squad, adding Jese Rodriquez from Real Madrid, Hatem Ben Arfa, and defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, among others. While none of them are superstars, it does appear that their aim is to create a more cohesive squad, instead of following Madrid’s Galacticos model.
His best-ever tally was in 2014-15 when he scored 20 goals in 29 matches for Steaua București.
The 25 year old winger is one of seven Brazilians in the Ludogorets squad.
Despite being overshadowed by Zlatan for most of his PSG career, Cavani has never scored fewer than 25 goals in a season for the club.
After a disappointing season at Manchester United, Di María scored 15 goals for PSG last season.