There are only 10 days to go until Paris Saint-Germain start the defence of their Ligue 1 crown at the Stade Auguste Delaune against Stade de Reims. All expectations will be for Laurent Blanc’s side to kick off the season with a win, and with the other 18 teams not playing their first games until the Saturday, any side looking to push the champions for the title could be playing catch-up from the very first start.
Monaco were PSG’s main title rival last season and they’ve had a tough summer. There is more pressure on them to repeat a second place finish than there is on PSG to make it three consecutive titles.
It is hard to see from where else a challenge could come from this season. The league is full of some very excellent teams but none of them look to have the tools to realistically challenge for the title.
However, this is what makes Ligue 1 so special. No one predicted Montpellier would finish in the top five for the 2011/12 season, and they went on to beat PSG and pick up their first-ever French title.
Here are the strength and weaknesses of Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 title rivals.