Paris Saint-Germain travels to the Stade Gabriel-Montpied to play Clermont in gameweek one on Saturday to start the defense of their Ligue 1 championship.
The hosts are preparing for their second straight season of top-flight football after successfully avoiding relegation last year. The hosts are preparing for their second straight season of top-flight football after successfully avoiding relegation last year.
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Clermont, a well-received newcomer to the big time, showed that they weren’t afraid to surprise the elite teams in the 2021–22 campaign, as Pascal Gastien was able to guarantee his team another season of Ligue 1 play with a 17th-place result.
Unsurprisingly, Clermont dropped to the lower echelons of the division after accruing eight points from their first four games of the season while remaining unbeaten. Despite this, they were still able to record memorable victories over Lille, Rennes, Marseille, and Nice.
Les Lanciers held clean sheets in all three preseason friendlies when Montpellier HSC, Rodez, and Toulouse were defeated by Clermont’s supremacy, but Lens and Grenoble Foot both defeated Gastien’s team.
Given that his team has given up at least one goal in each of their last 10 Ligue 1 home games and that PSG has already established their dominance in the French game under Christophe Galtier, strengthening the defense has undoubtedly been Gastien’s focus this summer. Galtier did not require the early stain of Trophee des Champions defeat on his notepad as he sought to placate the trigger-happy Parisiens board, but the former Lille and Nice manager supervised a convincing triumph over Coupe de France champion Nantes during the Super Cup matchup in Israel.
Les Parisiens scored thanks to Neymar (2), Lionel Messi, and an astonishing Sergio Ramos backheel – the experienced Spaniard definitely took inspiration from Lionesses hero Alessia Russo – even with the suspended Kylian Mbappe helplessly watching on.
The Trophee des Champions surely does not ensure one’s future in the PSG managerial chair, but this summer, Galtier and football advisor Luis Campos have made some astute young additions as the 2020–21 Ligue 1 champion strives to establish that he is here for the long haul.
The hosts’ preseason defensive tenacity may be for naught on the first day as PSG destroyed Clermont 6-1 at the Stade Gabriel-Montpeid last season and earlier defeated Les Lanciers 4-0 at the Parc des Princes.
Since so many important defensive players have left Clermont during the current transfer window, anticipate a merciless PSG onslaught to get going this weekend.
Les Parisiens had the ideal start to the season, putting four past Nantes without answering, and we can see the capital team improving upon that here with a five-star and five-goal effort.