Paris Saint-Germain will visit either Guingamp or Caen when they begin their Coupe de France defence in the round of 64.

PSG won the competition last season as former head coach Thomas Tuchel masterminded a treble triumph, beating Saint-Etienne 1-0 in the final.

That successful campaign started away to sixth-tier Linas-Montlhery and Mauricio Pochettino's PSG will be on the road again after being drawn against Guingamp or Caen.

The Ligue 2 sides are set to face one another on January 20 for the right to host the French champions in February.

PSG have won the trophy a record 13 times, including five of the past six editions.

Saint-Etienne are also away - to Nancy or Sochaux - but Ligue 1 leaders Lyon will welcome Chateauroux or Ajaccio to the Groupama Stadium.

Marseille will visit Troyes or Auxerre, while Monaco are heading for Clermont or Grenoble.

Lille face Ligue 1 opposition in the form of struggling Dijon, and fourth visit seventh as Rennes go to Angers.

Thomas Tuchel praised Moise Kean after the forward scored his first Paris Saint-Germain goals in a 4-0 victory over Dijon.

Kean, who joined PSG on loan from Everton earlier this month, netted a brace on Saturday before Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to also score twice.

A €27.5million signing at Everton from Juventus in 2019, Kean only made six Premier League starts last season.

After PSG moved top of the table, Tuchel was happy with Kean, who made his third appearance for the club.

"He brings intensity to our game. It is his strength to bring intensity. He is an athletic player," the PSG coach told a news conference.

"I'm happy that he was able to show that against Nimes and against Dijon. It was more difficult for him against Manchester [United], it was another level.

"He showed that he could help in matches at that level [against Nimes and Dijon]. We can't expect too much from him. He didn't play much at Everton. He has to keep improving."

Kean was replaced by Mbappe in the 73rd minute and the star France international delivered a double of his own.

Neymar assisted two goals and has been involved in eight against Dijon in Ligue 1 (four goals and four assists) – his favourite opponent in the top flight. He was involved in 15 shots (seven attempts and eight chances created), which marked his best in Ligue 1.

Tuchel was pleased with his side's performance at Parc des Princes.

"I'm happy with the intensity. It's never easy, we always play behind closed doors," he said.

"The players always have to find the momentum on their own because we miss the fans. It's completely different with 5,000, it's completely different with 40,000 in the stadium.

"It's hard to always have the spirit, the momentum without the atmosphere. Having the right attitude to attack, to do a high pressing.

"It's more difficult for all players and that's why I'm happy because we never lost this intensity."

Moise Kean scored his first Paris Saint-Germain goals as the Ligue 1 champions bounced back from their Champions League disappointment by beating lowly Dijon 4-0 at the Parc des Princes.

PSG, finalists in Europe last season, started the new continental campaign with a surprise home defeat to Manchester United on Tuesday.

Perhaps with one eye on their next Champions League assignment at Istanbul Basaksehir, Thomas Tuchel started with Kylian Mbappe on the bench against Dijon but there was never any serious prospect of a second straight loss on Saturday.

The division's bottom side performed admirably but lacked the sort of cutting edge displayed by Everton loanee Kean, with his first-half brace, and substitute Mbappe, who added a late double of his own.

Thomas Tuchel insisted he was unconcerned about his future at Paris Saint-Germain amid pressure on the coach.

Tuchel's position as coach of the Ligue 1 giants is again being questioned after Tuesday's 2-1 Champions League loss at home to Manchester United.

The German has won the league in both of his seasons in charge and led PSG to their first Champions League final in 2019-20 before they fell to Bayern Munich.

Tuchel is ignoring speculation over his future, telling a news conference: "I don't go on the Internet to Google my name. I know how difficult it is here. That's okay for me. I expect nothing else.

"I can imagine how it looks from outside. I can rely on myself and on my staff, everybody here at the Ooredoo [PSG training ground] and my relationship with the team. This is what we are going to do and hopefully we will produce results. That's what is necessary.

"We are part of this club and we keep on going."

Tuchel, whose side are second in Ligue 1, is contracted at PSG until the end of the season.

Ahead of PSG's hosting of Dijon on Saturday, the 47-year-old said he was unworried if the club decided against discussing an extension.

"The situation is clear because I have a contract and for me it makes no difference. Personally, I work the same way," Tuchel said.

"The situation in the world is complicated with this virus [COVID-19]. It is difficult to make plans for a person but at the same time it is impossible not to communicate. If we don't talk about contract extension, we don't talk about contract extension, that's good. We have to accept it there is no resentment.

"I do my work with my staff in the best possible way. I will give everything to win. I'm with my team and I want to win everything, that's clear."

Kylian Mbappe is set for a breather as Paris Saint-Germain move to avoid the risk of their star striker suffering early season exhaustion.

PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel declared at a pre-match news conference Mbappe may only feature as a substitute in Saturday's Ligue 1 clash with Dijon.

A run of four games in 10 days for Mbappe, including two internationals with France, appears to have persuaded Tuchel the time is right to allow the 21-year-old some rest.

It will be the briefest of respite, however, with PSG back in Champions League action next Wednesday as they travel to face Istanbul Basaksehir.

Injuries and cases of COVID-19 in the camp have hindered Tuchel with his selections this season and the suspended Layvin Kurzawa and Angel Di Maria will miss the Dijon game.

"We're also thinking about leaving Kylian Mbappe and Presnel Kimpembe on the bench because they have played too many matches," Tuchel said.

"We don't want to take risks because it's not the time to do that. We'll talk with the physios, the doctors and the players."

The risk of injuries and fatigue has to be balanced with PSG's need to collect points, as they continue to repair the damage caused by losing their two opening domestic league fixtures.

Five successive Ligue 1 wins since those losses to Lens and Marseille have helped, but they slipped to a 2-1 Champions League home loss to Manchester United on Tuesday.

Bottom-of-the-table Dijon would appear to be ideal opponents if PSG want to hold back some of their artillery at the Parc des Princes.

PSG have won nine of their 10 Ligue 1 matches against the team from Burgundy, including victories with clean sheets and by at least two goals in all five of their home fixtures.

In January 2018, PSG won this fixture 8-0, with Neymar scoring four times.

The slight concern for Tuchel may be that Dijon's lone victory in their league rivalry with PSG came as recently as last November, when as hosts they pulled off a shock 2-1 success.

Indeed, Tuchel teased the prospect of another Dijon win, although that appeared to be a tactic to gee up his own players for the match.

"For a team like Dijon, it's the right time to beat us," Tuchel said.

"They have prepared well for the game, will be determined, and will have nothing to lose against us.

"When you see the list of the players we have absent and take into account the fact the match is in between two Champions League games, it's the time for them to give it a go."

Dijon have lost their last four away games in Ligue 1 and are winless on the road in the competition for 13 games, counting 10 defeats in that miserable sequence.

"We need to find the right mix, put in intensity and energy, be at 100 per cent, create chances for ourselves and find answers," Tuchel added.

"Everyone expects us to win and to dominate matches. But some players are coming back from injury, and others require rest. We need to be positive and confident."

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Alex Runarsson from Ligue 1 club Dijon in a deal reportedly worth just over £1million (€1.1m).

The Gunners were left short of a back-up goalkeeper after Emiliano Martinez left to join Aston Villa last week.

Martinez had impressed at the end of last season and helped Arsenal win the FA Cup and Community Shield, but left for Villa Park in search of regular first-team football.

With Bernd Leno now the undisputed number one, 25-year-old Runarsson has been brought in to serve as deputy.

"We want to create healthy competition for places and we look forward to seeing Alex bring further depth to the goalkeeping position," said Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

Runarsson, an Iceland international, will wear the number 13 shirt.

Arsenal's technical director Edu added: "We're very pleased to welcome Alex to our squad. We have been monitoring him for some time and from the analysis, he has strong attributes that we look for in a goalkeeper and as a person."

The Gunners have picked up where they left off from last season, winning both of their opening Premier League fixtures against Fulham and West Ham respectively.

Liverpool and Wolves could be involved in another deal, while Arsenal's shortlist reportedly includes four players.

Premier League champions Liverpool confirmed the signing of Diogo Jota from Wolves on Saturday, with Ki-Jana Hoever heading in the opposite direction.

But the business between the clubs may not end there.

 

TOP STORY – WOLVES TARGET OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN

Wolves are eyeing a move for Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to the Mirror.

The report comes after Liverpool signed star midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich earlier this week.

Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived at Anfield from Arsenal in 2017, and made 43 appearances in all competitions in 2019-20.

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- Arsenal could strengthen further. The Express reports the Premier League club have Lyon star Houssem Aouar, Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson and Brentford shot-stopper David Raya on their shortlist.

- Staying in the Premier League and Goal reports Atletico Madrid attacker Thomas Lemar has interest from two clubs in England's top flight. Arsenal, Wolves and Everton have been linked with Lemar previously.

- Manchester City are reportedly close to signing a centre-back. AS reports the Premier League giants are close to sealing a deal for Sevilla's Jules Kounde, a 21-year-old who is a France youth international.

- Arturo Vidal is finally set to get his move to Inter. Fabrizio Romano reports Inter have agreed a €1million fee with Barcelona for the midfielder, while he also says veteran defender Diego Godin will join Cagliari next week.

- After almost signing Daniel James in 2019, Leeds United could be set for another move for the attacker. The Sun reports Leeds are planning a move for James, who joined Manchester United in 2019.

- Staying at Old Trafford and another exit is expected. The Sun says the Red Devils are looking for a new club for Sergio Romero with the goalkeeper upset about missing last month's Europa League semi-final loss to Sevilla.

Lyon star Memphis Depay admitted he can only "dream of big clubs" amid links with a move to Barcelona.

Depay, 26, has been linked with a switch to the LaLiga giants, where his former Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman has taken over as boss.

The attacker scored a hat-trick as Lyon crushed Dijon 4-1 in their Ligue 1 opener on Friday.

Speaking afterwards, Depay said he was yet to speak to Koeman, but admitted he was dreaming of joining a big club, with Lionel Messi set to leave Barcelona.

"I'm actually focused here on Lyon. I'm glad that I'm back, I didn't speak with Koeman yet," he told a news conference.

"You know he's been involved in my recovery, coming to Rome to see me, when I was training in Holland he came to see me so the relationship is good anyway.

"Now obviously he is coach of Barcelona, and me personally I'm focused on Lyon because I'm here right now. I can dream of big clubs and we will see what happens, but for the moment I'm a player here and I'm taking great responsibility I think.

"I must say the club gives me a lot of freedom and a lot of respect so I'm happy with that and I try to do my best to give everything back for the club.

"This season obviously it's disappointing that we don't play Champions League, for us, for the coach, for the team, for the president, for the city, for the fans, because they are used to do that and we have to play Champions League with our squad so that's frustrating to be honest, but we have to work to be back as soon as possible."

With the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season cut short due to coronavirus, Lyon finished seventh, while they produced a fine run to the Champions League semi-finals.

Depay, who scored 15 goals last season, said Lyon should be aiming to dethrone Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1.

"That's what we're aiming for, me and the team. That should be the ambition," he said.

"We have shown that we can compete with them when we play against them, we can make it very difficult, obviously it was sad that we didn't win the cup [Coupe de la Ligue] final, but it's more than only those games.

"You have to win the smaller games as well and in the past we have seen that sometimes it doesn't happen so we have to stay focused, take it game by game and ambition must be very, very high. We have a lot of good players, intelligent players, we try to do our best to compete. That's why I came to Lyon."

Paris Saint-Germain will begin their Ligue 1 title defence at home to Metz after the French Professional Football League (LFP) announced its 2020-21 top-flight schedule.

The first round of matches will take place on the weekend of August 22-23, with the season set to conclude on May 23 next year.

PSG were awarded their seventh top-flight title in eight seasons after the 2019-20 campaign was abandoned and decided on a point-per-game basis due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The abandonment move has since been questioned amid other elite divisions in Europe successfully resuming their seasons behind closed doors.

An LFP vote sealed Amiens and Toulouse's relegation, with Lorient and Lens promoted from Ligue 2 in their place.

Lorient host Strasbourg on the opening weekend, while Lens are on the road at Nice.

The first Classique of the season comes in the third round of fixtures, with PSG welcoming Marseille to the Parc des Princes in mid-September. The return is billed for February 7.

Marseille start at home to Saint-Etienne, with Bordeaux and Lille hosting Nantes and Rennes respectively.

Lyon begin on the road at Montpellier, with the first of their always feisty clashes against Marseille coming at Groupama Stadium on October 4. The rivalry is then scheduled to resume at the Stade Velodrome on February 28.

Ligue 1 2020-21 – Opening weekend fixtures in full:

Lorient v Strasbourg
Nimes v Brest
Dijon v Angers
Bordeaux v Nantes
Monaco v Reims
Montpellier v Lyon
Nice v Lens
Lille v Rennes
Marseille v Saint-Etienne
PSG v Metz

Thomas Tuchel said Paris Saint-Germain needed to remain confident and retain belief in their Champions League chances after an impressive win over Dijon.

PSG have faced criticism in the wake of their 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund in the last-16 first leg, but crushed Dijon 4-0 on Saturday.

Tuchel said there was no reason to begin doubting his PSG side, who hold a 13-point lead atop Ligue 1.

"The players want to prove that they are able to take a step forward, that too many criticisms have been said," the PSG coach told a news conference.

"They are having a consistent season, with many wins, with good performances, professional performances, strong performances. They deserved their victories. There were only few draws and one defeat.

"We can't lose confidence in this team, we can't lose confidence in this group. There are two games [first leg and second leg]. The players want to play the second leg. They want to prove what they can do.

"They started to show their abilities in training sessions this week, they showed it in this game, they will continue next Wednesday [in a Coupe de France semi-final against Lyon]."

Kylian Mbappe scored a brace against Dijon to go with goals from Pablo Sarabia and Mauro Icardi, while Angel Di Maria was substituted after just 17 minutes.

Tuchel played down any concerns over Di Maria and said he was "confident" the attacker would face Lyon.

The injury comes less than two weeks out from the second leg against Dortmund in Paris, although fears over the coronavirus continue to impact sporting events.

PSG defender Marquinhos has no interest in playing the second leg behind closed doors, saying it would be better to postpone the clash.

"Playing without fans would be a shame. I think it would be better to cancel the game. They had their fans at home. We want our fans at home," he said.

"I hope it won't happen. If a decision is made to play behind closed doors, we will ask to cancel the game, to play later in front of our fans."

Kylian Mbappe scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain cruised to a 4-0 victory over Dijon on Saturday to re-establish their 13-point lead at the top of Ligue 1.

Spain midfielder Pablo Sarabia opened the scoring early in the game as he netted his ninth goal in all competitions since the start of 2020.

Mbappe added a second after the break with a composed finish before he set up substitute Mauro Icardi at the Parc des Princes.

France international Mbappe then put the gloss on the result in injury time when he tapped in his 18th league goal of the season after Julian Draxler's initial shot had been blocked.

Thomas Tuchel sees no reason to make drastic changes at Paris Saint-Germain following their 2-1 Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

A double from Erling Haaland saw Dortmund claim the advantage in the first leg of the last-16 tie last week, though Neymar did grab an away goal.

PSG have Ligue 1 games with Dijon and Strasbourg sandwiched by a Coupe de France semi-final against Lyon before the return leg at the Parc des Princes.

Tuchel refused to overreact to what was PSG's first defeat in 24 matches, which was followed by a thrilling 4-3 win over Bordeaux, indicating that finding rhythm will be the most important thing for his side ahead of facing his former club again.

"We lost a match 2-1. It can happen that a team loses in Dortmund. It is a stronger team than at the start of the season," Tuchel told a media conference ahead of the visit of Dijon on Saturday. 

"Maybe we lacked rhythm, from several important players. Now is not the time to change. They absolutely want to move on from Dortmund.

"For many players, important players, it is the time to be confident. We lost one game out of 20, or even more than that, so two draws, one loss. It is a good time to be confident.

"We don't want to change too many things, to leave some players to their own responsibilities, because they want to change the result of the game against Dortmund and they want to win tomorrow, then in Lyon and we will do that step by step.

"When we arrive at Dortmund, then we will prepare for that game."

Neymar and Marco Verratti will not face Dijon because of suspension, while Thiago Silva, Ander Herrera, Colin Dagba and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting are all sidelined.

The absence of Neymar could lead to another opportunity for Edinson Cavani, who scored his 200th goal for PSG in the victory against Bordeaux.

Tuchel was asked about his selection in the team ahead of Mauro Icardi, who has scored 19 goals since joining on loan from Inter, but gave the question short shrift.

"Well it is always the same question, before it was why he is playing while Edinson Cavani is on the bench? And now it is the other way around," he replied.

"We trust every player, including Edinson Cavani, and now, I think it is the time for him. He gave everything, he scored a goal, did an assist.

"He had a lot of moments, and with strikers, that is how it is. It is like that with everybody, but especially with strikers."

Neymar is in doubt for Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League last-16 first leg at Borussia Dortmund, according to head coach Thomas Tuchel.

PSG were without star forward Neymar for Wednesday's 6-1 rout of Dijon in the Coupe de France quarter-finals due to a rib injury.

Neymar stayed in Paris as the Brazilian continues to recover from the injury, which he suffered against Montpellier on February 1 and led to him missing Ligue 1 wins over Nantes and Lyon.

After travelling to Amiens in Ligue 1 on Saturday, PSG will then make the trip Dortmund for the opening leg of their Champions League tie against the Bundesliga outfit on Tuesday.

Asked about Neymar post-game, Tuchel told reporters: "I can't say that he will be 100 per cent to play against Borussia Dortmund.

"We will discuss and decide on Friday, the latest possible time to do so. We can't risk his fitness."

Tuchel added: "We aren't going to take risks against Amiens, it's clear. We will have a strong team, but if we have little doubts, we won't take risks."

PSG sailed into the Coupe de France semi-finals thanks to the midweek demolition at Dijon.

An early own goal from Wesley Lautoa opened the scoring for PSG, though the visitors were pegged back by Mounir Chouiar 12 minutes later.

However, a Pablo Sarabia brace and goals from Kylian Mbappe and Thiago Silva, as well as a Senou Coulibaly own goal secured PSG's passage.

"Dijon started very aggressively, took a lot of risks and put in a lot of effort. We were also very focused, and battled for second balls," Tuchel said.

"We were very careful but were able to step up our tempo. We were patient and played quickly, simply and created space in the second half. We controlled the game and scored two more goals quickly."

Kylian Mbappe and Pablo Sarabia starred as Paris Saint-Germain eased past Dijon 6-1 in the Coupe de France quarter-finals. 

An own goal from Wesley Lautoa opened the scoring for PSG after just 48 seconds, but Thomas Tuchel's men were pegged back by Mounir Chouiar in the 13th minute. 

Mbappe made it 2-1 shortly before half-time before Thiago Silva and Sarabia made sure of progression to the last four.

PSG's fifth came as Senou Coulibaly inadvertently diverted an Mbappe strike into the net before the France star laid an injury-time second on a plate for Sarabia to round off a rout.

Paris Saint-Germain will be patient with Neymar's recovery from injury, head coach Thomas Tuchel has insisted.

The Brazil star's availability for Wednesday's Coupe de France quarter-final tie at Dijon will be determined after he has been assessed at a training session on Tuesday.

Neymar has missed PSG's 2-1 win at Nantes and 4-2 victory over Lyon in the past week having suffered a rib injury against Montpellier on February 1.

He returned to training last Friday but Tuchel is eager not to rush his star man back onto the pitch.

"Neymar is injured, we have to be patient and careful with him," said Tuchel.

"We are going to decide [if he can play] after training."

Tuchel confirmed it was too early for Marquinhos to return from a calf problem, with Saturday's Ligue 1 match away to Amiens instead being targeted for his comeback.

Thiago Silva and Bernat will be back in the mix but Presnel Kimpembe and Marco Verratti suffered knocks against Lyon and are out.

They join Marquinhos, Colin Dagba and Abdou Diallo on the injury list, with Tuchel reluctant to take risks ahead of next week's Champions League last-16 first leg against his former team Borussia Dortmund.

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