Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain may well have lost enigmatic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United, but it's safe to say that the will once again be quite the force this season.
They will certainly start the new season as favourites to secure league success once again, while it would be foolish to overlook them as contenders to win the Champions League.
In truth, PSG just haven't been able to get over the line in Europe's elite competition over the last few years, but Unai Emery now at the helm, there should be added belief that they can make an impact this term.
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Emery, of course, was the man to guide La Liga outfit Sevilla to three consecutive Europa League successes.
Ultimately, then, he would have been buoyed by his side's showing against European giants Real Madrid on Wednesday evening.
PSG claimed a 3-1 victory, thanks to a fine solo goal from Jonathan Ikone and a brace from Thomas Meunier. Marcelo pulled one back for Real Madrid, who were comfortably beaten.
But what went wrong for Zidane's side? Well, it was always going to be tough without the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and co., but their defending was truly abysmal.
As you can see in the video below, PSG's goals were full of quality, but Real's defending was extremely poor. In all honesty, the opening two goals conceded by the Spanish outfit were ridiculous.
See the goals here:
Following the contest, PSG boss Emery praised his side for their strong showing against the European champions.
Emery stated, as per AOL: "Pre-season results logically depends on circumstances, you don't always have some players.
"You can't appreciate really well the game of any of the two teams.
"Today they returned to work, we won and we played in phases like we want. Of course Real Madrid are still lacking some things.
"PSG wants to do important things and find a dimension to fight against the best teams, I'm happy with the club and it is a challenge for all.
"Our squad is [close to] 90 per cent [ready]. The priority is to be [100 per cent] ready in 10 days. Each team has different physical conditions.
"We can't value this match only with the result. Teams have to be ready for the competition and PSG and Real Madrid are working."
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