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French Ligue 1 season gets back underway as PSG prepare for their first Champions League final

While Paris Saint-Germain prepare for their first ever Champions League final this weekend, the rest of Ligue 1 is focusing on returning to domestic affairs for the new campaign.   

The new French top flight season got going on Friday evening as ten-man Bordeaux held on to a 0-0 draw with Nantes.

This weekend there will be a further six games in the league, while in the meantime, PSG will finally conclude their 2019-20 season against Bayern Munich as they look to win the Champions League for the first time. 

It would top off a highly successful season for the Parisians who retained the Ligue 1 title – though it was awarded to them once the league was stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However the reigning Ligue 1 champions find themselves in very unusual circumstances.   

Their Champions League final against Bayern Munich would normally come at the end of a long-hard season but for Thomas Tuchel’s side it will come just days before their Ligue 1 campaign kicks off.

Should PSG win the trophy for the first time, they won’t have much time to celebrate before they face promoted Lens on August 29. 

Though 166 days after Lille and Lyon played the final game of last season Bordeaux and Nantes played out a goalless draw as the league returned in uninspiring fashion.

The main talking-point of the match came after 20 minutes when Bordeaux midfielder Mehdi Zerkane was sent off following a VAR review of his foul on Nicholas Pallois.

There was little in way of chances during the game with both sides only having one shot on target throughout the contest. 

The game was not originally set to open the season with Marseille’s contest against Saint-Etienne originally set to kickstart the new campaign tonight.

However this game will now take place on either September 16 or 17 after the game was postponed due to four Marseille players testing positive from coronavirus.

It came after the French league told clubs last week its protocol for dealing with coronavirus meant more than three positive cases at a club was likely to lead to a postponement.

Marseille are currently set to return to domestic league action next weekend, along with PSG and Lyon who also had their first games postponed due to Champions League involvement. 

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