Ancelotti calls for more aggression, Hantz stays cautious
Carlo Ancelotti is expecting a response when Paris Saint-Germain aim to kick-start their Ligue 1 campaign at Ajaccio this weekend.
PSG again spent big in the summer, but could only manage a 2-2 draw at home to Lorient on the opening day. However, Ancelotti is confident new signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Ezequiel Lavezzi will soon click into gear.
"We have a fantastic striker [in Ibrahimovic], but we need more balance," he said. "We have to work better together. We have to be more focused at the start of matches, and more aggressive."
Ibrahimovic, signed from AC Milan, netted a second-half brace to rescue a point with a last-gasp penalty. The 6ft 5ins Swede is confident things will soon improve as the squad gel.
"This was our first match, we're a new team - we've only known each other for a week and a half - and we need some time for things to fall into place," he said. "It is just the start of the season, and we have time to improve."
Belhanda blow for Montpellier
Champions Montpellier were also held at home, drawing with Toulouse after they had midfielder Jamel Saihi sent off in a match which saw the visitors finish with nine men following their 72nd-minute equaliser.
Montpellier tackle Lorient on Saturday, when playmaker Younes Belhanda is likely to miss out again through injury.
Manager Rene Girard said: "It was a timid return to action. We knew it wouldn't be simple and we knew that we wouldn't suddenly start playing champagne football from one day to the next."
Lille showed little hangover from the sale of Eden Hazard to Chelsea after they beat Saint-Etienne with a stoppage-time goal from Benoit Pedretti, and they face Nancy on Friday night. Nancy opened the new season with a 1-0 win over Brest, but coach Jean Fernandez knows they must up the ante again.
He said: "It's always good to start with a win, but we're at the start of a marathon. We have got a tough match at Lille on Friday. We are going to continue working, and try to make progress."
Marseille, Bastia look to build on winning starts
Marseille will be looking to build on their 1-0 win over Reims when they face Sochaux on Sunday, when coach Elie Baup expects his side to be sharper again.
He said: "We need to work on our passing still, and of course on many other details, but that is not unusual at the beginning of the season."
Bastia host Reims, top of the provisional table after their 3-2 win at Sochaux. "We are not going to get carried away," said coach Frederic Hantz. "I will take stock of our situation after the first four matches."
Elsewhere, Bordeaux face Rennes, Saint-Etienne meet Toulouse, Lyon are at home to newly-promoted Troyes, Brest host Evian and Nice travel to Valenciennes.