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Paris Saint-Germain would win Premier League - Gerard Houllier

Former France and Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier believes that the current Paris Saint-Germain side would win the English Premier League.

PSG hold a 2-1 lead going into the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie against English champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

As part of their preview content for that match, Le Parisien asked several people who know English football well about how the French champions would fare if they had to play in the Premier League.

Houllier, who also managed PSG and Aston Villa, was one of the people who felt the French champions would be good enough to win it.

"Yes," he told Le Parisien. "Because PSG have everything -- speed, talent and above all a great squad.

"Talent can make you win matches but only a collective allows you to win a league. If PSG were English, they would adapt without any problems to the local rhythm and intensity.

"Would Thiago Silva, David Luiz or Marquinhos be afraid in the Premier League? Certainly not. They're really great players who are capable of playing anywhere.

"The quality is there and it always makes the difference -- whether that's in France or in England."

Paris Saint-Germain won Ligue 1, the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue last season.

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said there would be "no doubt" that PSG would win the Premier League title once they had taken a little time to become accustomed to a more physical league.

That view was shared by former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf but ex-Arsenal pair Robert Pires and Ian Wright were more doubtful.

"Certainly their squad is deep and rich but you can't compare Ligue 1 to the Premier League," Pires said.

"Every Saturday there are huge physical battles, and that's something that PSG don't engage in every week -- far from it -- because the opposition [in France] is not very strong."

Wright feels that the current PSG team would finish in the top four but does not think they would lift the trophy at the end of a full season.

"To win the Premier League, you have to be at 100 percent every weekend," the ex-Gunners striker told Le Parisien.

"Here there are no easy matches where you win even if you're at 50 percent of your potential. If one day you're not as good, you'll get beaten at Bournemouth, Stoke or Watford."


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