There were significant changes at PSG last summer as striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic left to join Manchester United at the end of his contract, while manager Laurent Blanc also parted company with the French capital outfit having failed to make the required progress in the Champions League. Then on transfer deadline day, defender David Luiz rejoined his previous club Chelsea.
Blanc’s replacement is Unai Emery, who led Sevilla to three consecutive Europa League triumphs and so his record in continental competition was surely a big factor in his appointment. A third consecutive domestic treble also remains a target for the Spaniard.
New recruits to the playing staff at PSG included Real Madrid forward Jese, Poland international midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, who was coached by Emery at Sevilla, Belgian right-back Thomas Meunier and former Newcastle United forward Hatem Ben Arfa, a big success with Nice last season. But as yet, they have not gelled as desired.
The same clubs have filled the top three finishing positions in the same order for the last two years in Ligue 1 but Lyon, runners-up to PSG in those seasons, are currently only fourth this time around as they prepare to visit Caen.
Monaco have finished third in each of the last two campaigns and they will hope to keep the pressure on Nice at the top of the table when they visit Marseille.