Olympique de Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena believes Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco will be under significant pressure in the 2013-14 campaign.
PSG is the favorite to complete the capture of Edinson Cavani from Napoli having already invested heavily in the squad last season, while newly promoted Monaco have splashed the cash to land the likes of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho this summer.
Valbuena, who helped Marseille clinch second place behind PSG in Ligue 1 last season, feels the huge investment at each club will lead to a huge amount of expectation heading into the new season.
"The pressure will be mainly on their shoulders [PSG and Monaco]," Valbuena told La Provence. "Plenty is expected of them in relation to their spending and their recruitment."
Marseille has likewise invested in the market so far this summer, securing the signing of Dimitri Payet from Lille and agreeing on a deal for Le Havre youngster Benjamin Mendy, and Valbuena is confident his side can compete for trophies next season.
"I'm still pumped," the 28-year-old Valbuena said. "This season is super important. I want to be better, to be more decisive, to win titles, because it is magic to achieve things with l'OM."
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