Paris Saint-Germain can build 'something special', says Alex

The Brazilian defender has no doubts that the Ligue 1 giants will start winning silverware shortly, but stresses they need time to gel before they can challenge on all fronts
Alex is confident that Paris Saint-Germain can build "something special", but insists their ambitions of becoming a top European outfit cannot be realised overnight.

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The French giants only narrowly missed out on the Ligue 1 title in 2011-12, and while the former Chelsea defender believes there is still a long way to go, it is only a matter of time before the side will start adding silverware to their trophy cabinet.

"A team needs at least two seasons to gel properly and get into a position to challenge regularly for trophies. When I joined PSG, it was clear to me we would not start winning overnight," Alex told Uefa's Champions magazine.

"It's understandable that the arrival of new owners and all the media coverage the team would get people overexcited, but the players always knew we are in the process of building a foundation.

"Qatar Sports Investment certainly haven't come to PSG and committed so many resources not to win tournaments, though. But I have faith – we have a chance to build something special."

Paris Saint-Germain open the Ligue 1 season at home against Lorient on August 10.