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 led by former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

His first taste of league action comes at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach.

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 were beaten Champions League finalists as well as runners-up in the league.

Relations between the two sides had been strained by Bayern’s purchase of their rivals’ playmaker Mario Gotze in the summer and Dortmund won a hard-fought encounter 4-2.

Despite the result, Guardiola insisted that his side, which has also been strengthened with the £21.6m purchase of Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona, was still the stronger.


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