PSG Ligue 1 opener postponed

Paris Saint-Germain’s 2020-21 Ligue 1 opener versus RC Lens has been postponed for a second time.

The game was scheduled to take place at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis this weekend, but has now been rescheduled for 10 September at the request of the defending champions.

As a result, PSG will be two games behind the rest of the division when they start their new season on Sunday 13 September with Le Classique against rivals Marseille.

PSG were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich in the 2019-20 Champions League final on Sunday whilst the rest of Ligue 1 started their new campaign. They asked to delay their season opener to give them more preparation time having competed in the Champions League over in Portugal in August.

This will give Thomas Tuchel’s side an additional week to prepare for the new campaign. Most pundits and fans consider them certainties to win the Ligue 1 for the ninth time in 10 seasons as a result of the big money signings they have been able to make over the years.

The Parisians have played just five games since March – the French Cup final, French League Cup final and three matches in the Champions League. Fatigue is certainly no problem for the defending French Ligue 1 champions.

However, they have seen Edinson Cavani, Thiago Silva and Thomas Meunier all depart, whilst no additions have been made. Mauro Icadi has been signed on a permanent basis, having spent last season on loan from Internazionale.

With the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Marquinhos, it would take a huge upset for any other team but Paris Saint-Germain to finish the 2020-21 campaign at the top of the pile.

The season is set to end in late May 2021, with Euro 2021 rescheduled to start on 11 June.

With the transfer window now open until 5 October, PSG will be a few games into the season before they are unable to sign a few new players.

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has been strongly linked with a move to the Parc des Princes, as has Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo. You can be sure a player or two will arrive before the window shuts.

The ambition of any signing made by the defending champions will be to win the Champions League in the new campaign. That has seemingly been the aim of the owners since they bought the club, something that only Marseille in 1993 have accomplished among French clubs.

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