Gregory van der Wiel: 'Paris Saint-Germain deserve favourites tag'

Van der Wiel: 'PSG deserve title favourites tag'
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Gregory van der Wiel believes that Paris Saint-Germain's strength in depth makes them clear favourites to win Ligue 1 this season.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Gregory van der Wiel has insisted that his side deserve to be considered clear favourites in Ligue 1 this season due to their unrivalled strength in depth.

The defending Ligue 1 giants have made a solid but unspectacular start to the campaign under new boss Laurent Blanc, following successive draws with victories over Nantes and Guingamp.

Van der Wiel believes that a trio of summer signings will help PSG edge fellow big-spenders Monaco this season, while refusing to discount the challenges of perennial title contenders Lyon and Marseille.

He told the club's official website: "Monaco will be up there, but you can't forget about Lyon and Marseille.

"But I still think we are the favourites because our team is even stronger than it was last season and we are working hard very day to get even stronger.

"Everyone knows all about Edinson Cavani, a great striker. Lucas Digne is a very good defender, very talented despite being so young and the same goes for Marquinhos. They are all very good players."

PSG sit fourth in Ligue 1 a month into the new season, two points behind early pace-setters Monaco.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Paris Saint-GermainPSG76102131819
2MonacoMonaco76012181318
3Bordeaux7430137615
4Saint-EtienneSt Etienne742196314
5NantesNantes741255013
6Lyon73311410412
7Caen740364212
8Nice7313108210
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10GuingampGuingamp7304811-39
11Angers71519818
12Troyes722356-18
13Montpellier HSCMontpellier722345-18
14Toulouse6213812-47
15Rennes71331112-16
16AmiensAmiens7205410-66
17Dijon7124916-75
18Lille7124411-75
19StrasbourgStrasbourg7115513-84
20Metz7106313-103
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