Five things to know about Paris Saint-Germain, the defending French champion:
When Carlo Ancelotti left for Real Madrid after leading the club to its first league title since 1994, PSG hired former France coach Laurent Blanc on a two-year contract with the mission to build on last season and improve the club's performances on the European stage. Blanc, who stepped down from his position as France manager after last year's European Championship, was not PSG's first choice but the club failed to lure a more glamorous manager. Blanc coached Bordeaux to the French title in 2009 and also won the League Cup that season.
PSG went through a difficult off-season, with Ancelotti signing for Real Madrid and sporting director Leonardo resigning after being banned for the entire new season for shoving a referee. Ancelotti's and Leonardo's contacts were instrumental in bringing big signings like striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and center back Thiago Silva to the club, ...