Paris Saint-Germain full-back Layvin Kurzawa says he expected his former club AS Monaco to develop into Ligue 1 title challengers.
The Monaco youth product spent five years in Les Monegasques first-team set-up after graduating from the French side’s esteemed academy and went on to feature 96 times – before a €23 million to their domestic rivals.
A domestic treble in the France international’s first season at the Parc des Princes, fully justified the 24-year-old’s decision but in his second campaign – Leonardo Jardim’s outfit have developed into competitive rivals for PSG.
Les Parisiens dominated the French top-flight in recent years, with four consecutive titles, but with eight games to go, the champions trail Kurzawa’s former side by three points.
However, he feels the experience within Unai Emery’s squad will count in their favour, during the final run-in.
“I’m not surprised. When I was there (he left Monaco to join Paris in summer 2015), there were very good youngsters who have matured since,” he told the club’s website. “That’s brought the results they are getting today.
“We’re used to it, certainly more than other teams. There are more players here used to winning trophies than at Monaco, and experience is going to play a part,” he said in reference to the final weeks of the season.
“We have to stay focussed right to the end to win the two competitions left: Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France. We have to pick up those two trophies to show to the people who have doubted us that Paris is the best team in France.”