Six of the best!

The first half of the season ended with a 1-0 win over Nantes on Saturday, 22 December in Ligue 1's Week 19. Paris Saint-Germain's performance in the first six months of the season was simply incredible, with a huge lead atop the league standings and a Champions League last-16 berth secured after a wild group stage...

In the wake of the World Cup, Paris Saint-Germain's squad counted a number of absentees at the beginning of the season as Thomas Tuchel took his first steps as the club's new coach. Nonetheless, pre-season preparations went well and the group quickly galvanised under their new boss as they toured Singapore and then Shenzhen, where Les Rouge et Bleu claimed their first title of the season. Faced with Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain once again lifted the Trophée des Champions after an assured 4-0 win.

And what can one say about the beginning of the league season? Thomas Tuchel infused his squad with a rock-hard mentality and involved his entire squad through regular rotation, partly brought on by curtailed pre-season preparations. Paris won their first match, at home to Caen (3-0), then backed it up in Guingamp (1-3) as Kylian Mbappé returned to action. With three goals scored on each occasion, cruising speed had been reached.

And they maintained this scoring pace in the following weeks, with a superb 5-0 hammering of Lyon at the Parc des Princes on October that featured four goals from Mbappé alone. It wasn't until Paris travelled to Marseille that they scored fewer than three goals in a match for the first time in the league this season - but they still dominated as they won 2-0 against their Classique rivals!

While Bordeaux and Strasbourg managed to stay on level pegging as they faced the Parisian juggernaut in early December, the capital club still managed to set a new European record for consecutive wins at the start of a season (14), raising the bar set by Tottenham back in 1960-61 (11). An amazing run put together by Les Rouge et Bleu...

In the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain managed to play their cards right in a tough group that featured some of the continent's best matches this season. Beaten 3-2 in a nail-biter by EPL runners-up Liverpool on Matchday 1, Paris Saint-Germain bounced back well by beating Red Star Belgrade 6-1 at the Parc des Princes in the following round.

A double-header against Napoli followed that, with a 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes and a 1-1 stalemate at the San Paulo, where Juan Bernat scored his first goal for Paris. The Spaniard was at it again at the Parc des Princes against Liverpool, helping the capital club to a crucial 2-1 win in what was without a doubt the most important match of the first half of the season.

However, it was in the following match, in Belgrade, that Paris stitched up their place in the last 16, emerging 4-1 winners form a hard-fought encounter that saw them top their group, ahead of Liverpool. Bring on the second half of the season!