Early pressure on PSG

The French first division may only be entering its second week. but already questions are being asked of Paris St. Germain following their lacklustre defeat away to Monaco last weekend.

Reality is biting hard after Paul Le Guen's new line-up failed to win in the principality, and with a tricky home match against fourth-placed Bordeaux on Saturday, things could get worse for PSG. It's a pressure that hasn't escaped the players, especially keeper Mickael Landreau, who is hoping fans give the club essential time to rebuild.

"The club needs time, but we will never have it. The situation at Paris means it is necessary to have results immediately," Landreau said on Thursday. "Our supporters are exceptional but sometimes they put great pressure on us," said the French international.

"The defeat in Monaco was truly disappointing. You want to score and gain confidence. It will be interesting to see how the team will react now - it is in these moments that the group is forged."

Landreau played down the significance of the game against Bordeaux, adding: "A defeat against Bordeaux wouldn't be easy to live with but it will not be the end."

PSG will play Stephane Sessegnon, who was suspended last week, and given his good scoring rate from midfield, Le Guen will be hoping the Benin star can kickstart PSG's goal tally.

New boys
One team looking to build on their opening game are first division new boys Grenoble, who celebrated their return to top-flight football after 45 years with a shock 2-1 win at Sochaux. Coming back from a goal down, Nassim Akrour and Daniel Moreira netted in the final five mintues to cap an historic day which saw the team go third in the league.

"To start with a victory was great, but now we have to maintain our position," said Grenoble coach Mehmet Bazdarevic. "It's going to be hard against Rennes but playing at home, where we are invincible, will be a plus."

Grenoble will be without defenders David Jemmali and Francis N'Ganga, and midfielder Laurent Courtois for Saturday's visit of Rennes.

A blistering brace from Karim Benzema fired champions Lyon to a 3-0 hammering of Toulouse on Saturday, ensuring the first division league table took on a familiar - and perhaps ominous - look after day one. A debut goal from new signing Jean Makoun will put a smile on the face of coach Claude Puel as he prepares to visit FC Lorient on Sunday, as it shows his side are not missing Hatem Ben Afra, recently sold to Marseille.

Lyon will be without French international defender Francois Clerc for their second game, after he failed to recover from a knock against Toulouse.

Marseille offered up an opening-day stunner last weekend with a 4-4 draw at Rennes, then added a good win in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League qualifier against Norway side Brann. Marseille coach Eric Gerets will probably go with the attacking partnership of Ben Afra and Djibril Cisse, which proved effective against Rennes, for Sunday's visit of second-placed Auxerre, who beat Nantes 2-1 last weekend.

International starlet Bafetimbi Gomis was surprisingly left on the bench for St Etienne's away defeat at Valenciennes, but will start in the home game against Sochaux.