Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 09:46 05/08/2013
Reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain travel to Stade de la Mosson to face Montpellier in their opening game of the 2013/14 French football season, watch a free live French football stream of Montpellier v PSG at 19:30 on Friday 9th August.
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Montpellier began the 2012/13 Ligue 1 campaign as defending champions, but after a host of players had left for pastures new, La Paillade could not compete at the same level last season and finished well below where they wanted to be in ninth place. The most notable player to leave was Olivier Giroud who had been the Ligue 1 top-scorer for Montpellier befor joining Arsenal and this season new coach Jean Fernandez must get more from the club's strikers. Fernandez has replaced Rene Girard at the helm of the club and is held in high regard by players and fans alike with Franck Ribery even calling him his mentor from their time together at Marseille. He has the task of re-building the Montpellier squad this season and returning them to a title-challenging unit, beginning with a testing home tie against PSG.
Paris Saint-Germain ran away with the Ligue 1 title last season, clinching it by twelve points from runners-up Marseille. The Parisians have a far superior financial backing than Friday's hosts and with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani in the side are not short of firepower up-front. Laurent Blanc began his playing career at Montpellier and was installed as manager of PSG in the summer shortly after Carlo Ancelotti left for Real Madrid and the former French national team coach will be expected to produce another title for the side from the capital. In terms of quality personnel, Paris Saint-Germain's playing squad completely eclipses that of Montpellier's, but they will be the team everyone wants to beat this season so must be at their best in every game, beginning on Friday.
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This match finished level at 1-1 in the 2012/13 season, but Paris-SG won the most recent Ligue 1 encounter at Parc Des Princes 1-0 thanks to a late Kevin Gameiro goal.
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