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From the start of the season, the pressure will be on Les Monegasques to be challenging at the top of Ligue 1 and in all of the domestic cups because of a lack of European football.
PSG won the title by 12 points last season; Claudio Ranieri’s side will be expected to not allow that to happen again.
However, the capital club were disappointing in both the Coupe de la Ligue and the Coupe de France.
ASM will have targeted instant domestic success as a way of outdoing PSG’s marginal debut season achievements (a second-placed finish in Ligue 1).
An immediate cup triumph to add to Monaco’s already well-decorated trophy cabinet would emphasise the difference in pedigree between the two sides that has often been overlooked so far.
As seven-time league champions, five-time Coupe de France and one-time Coupe de la Ligue winners, Monaco’s roll of honour competes well with PSG’s eight Coupe de France and three Coupe de la Ligue victories (all since 1970, it should be noted).
However, Monaco’s seven league wins compared to PSG’s three gives them the edge, for now, in terms of history.
Falcao and his new side will be expected to underline that point this season.