Bayern Munich and PSG prepare to begin title defences
Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain begin their domestic title defences on Friday with new managers at the helm.
Bayern, who finished 25 points clear of Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga last season, will be
His first taste of league action comes at home to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Former Bordeaux boss Laurent Blanc replaced the Real Madrid-bound Carlo Ancelotti at PSG in the summer and will face Montpellier away in Ligue 1.
The two managers have already overseen their team's first competitive domestic match of the season in traditional Super Cup curtain-raisers.
Bayern's treble of league title, German Cup and Champions League, achieved under Guardiola's predecessor Jupp Heynckes, left the Spaniard with a tricky first match against Borussia Dortmund, who as well as runners-up in the league.
Relations between the two sides had been strained by Bayern's purchase of and Dortmund won a hard-fought encounter 4-2.
Despite the result, Guardiola insisted that his side, which has also been strengthened with the was still the stronger.
Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke, Germany's other two Champions League qualifiers, are likely to be the Dortmund and Bayern's closest challengers once again.
Blanc faced Bordeaux, the side he led to the league title in 2008-09, in the French Super Cup and snatched a 2-1 victory after trailing with seven minutes to go.
That victory was achieved without Edinson Cavani, bought from Napoli who could make his debut against Montpellier on Friday.
The Uruguay international, who returned to training later than most of his club team-mates after playing in the Confederations Cup, will form an intriguing partnership with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who finished as the French league's top-scorer with 30 goals in 34 games.
Whether Monaco's ability to rival PSG in the transfer market is mirrored on the pitch is yet to be seen.
Promoted from Ligue 2 last season, manager Claudio Ranieri has made extensive use of Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev's millions this summer.
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao and Porto pair Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez have arrived for a combined total of around £110m.
They take on Bordeaux in their opening league game of the season on Saturday.