Paris Saint-Germain host Nimes in the first game of their title defence when the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season gets under way.

Thomas Tuchel's side - who are seeking a third straight title in France - then face Rennes, Toulouse and Metz in their other August fixtures.

Marseille's first league game under new coach Andre Villas-Boas comes at home to Reims. The first Classique of the season is hosted by PSG in October and the return game is set for late March.

Lille finished a distant second to PSG last term and their season starts at home to Nantes with games against Amiens, Saint-Etienne and Reims following in the opening month. PSG host Lille in November and the reverse fixture is set for January.

Monaco, who narrowly secured survival after the return of Leonardo Jardim following Thierry Henry's short spell in charge, are at home to Lyon on the opening weekend, when Ligue 2 winners Metz will be at Strasbourg.

After securing a return to the top flight alongside Metz, Brest will be at home to Toulouse first up with Nice versus Amiens and Angers hosting Bordeaux among the other opening fixtures. 

Dijon, who beat Lens in a play-off to stave off relegation, are at home to Saint-Etienne with the round completed by Montpellier hosting Rennes.

Ligue 1 2019-20 opening round in full:

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

Coupe de France winners Rennes have handed head coach Julien Stephan an extended deal after their "historic" campaign.

The new terms will keep him at the Ligue 1 club until 2022, Rennes said.

Stephan led Rennes to 10th place in the French top flight, after being promoted from his reserve-team post in mid-season, but it was their cup success that provided the outstanding moment.

Rennes defeated big-spending Paris St Germain on penalties after a 2-2 draw at the Stade de France in April.

Club president Olivier Letang said it was "a very great pleasure" to confirm the coach would be staying on.

And 38-year-old Stephan said on the Rennes website: "It's a great point of pride to pursue my mission with the first team. This season has been historic and rich in emotions."

Kylian Mbappe has been handed a three-game ban by the French Football Federation (FFF) for his red card in Paris Saint-Germain's Coupe de France final defeat to Rennes.

The 20-year-old was sent off by referee Ruddy Buquet for a shocking challenge on Damien Da Silva near the corner flag late in extra-time with the match level at 2-2.

Without Mbappe available to take a penalty, PSG lost the shoot-out 6-5 to miss out on a domestic double, having already wrapped up the Ligue 1 title.

The FFF's disciplinary committee announced on Friday that the France international will sit out three matches.

Mbappe was banned for the 3-2 loss to Montpellier in midweek and will now also miss the league meetings with Nice and Angers.

Disciplinary proceedings have also been opened up against Neymar, who let his frustration get the better of him after the match as he appeared to punch a fan.

Neymar was making his way up the Stade de France stands to receive his runners-up medal when he was confronted by a supporter, leading to the scuffle that could potentially land him a hefty suspension.

The Brazilian forward is reportedly facing a ban of between three and eight matches when the FFF returns its verdict.

Neymar has received the backing of Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel after his reaction to Saturday's Coupe de France final loss continued to overshadow the build-up to Tuesday's Ligue 1 outing against Montpellier. 

The Brazil superstar completed 120 minutes on his first start since suffering a foot injury in January, setting up Dani Alves' spectacular opener against Rennes, scoring the second and netting in the penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 draw. 

Christopher Nkunku missed from the spot to hand Rennes their first major honour since 1971 and Neymar's confrontation with a supporter when PSG went up the Stade de France steps to collect their runners-up medals stole post-match headlines. 

He appeared to bat a phone away from the fan, who was filming the PSG team, before a verbal exchange. 

Neymar apologised for the incident in an Instagram post saying: "Did I act wrong? Yes, but no one can remain indifferent." 

RMC reported the world's most expensive player could face an eight-game suspension from the French Football Federation, but Tuchel was bullish in support of his man.

"I know what Ney meant, it's not something we have to talk about outside, only inside," he said on Monday. 

"There are players who like to win and players who hate to lose. Everyone loves to win but it takes more to hate to lose. 

"Neymar played 120 minutes, I was surprised at his performance. He scored, made a decisive pass and scored the fifth penalty. Almost all our dangerous actions were by him." 

A season that promised much will end with PSG as Ligue 1 champions but amid fresh reports of dressing-room discontent following a chastening Champions League last-16 exit at the hands of Manchester United. 

The club's usual domestic cup mastery also deserted them in Tuchel's first campaign at the helm. 

"At PSG we have the goal of winning everything, including the Champions League," said the former Borussia Dortmund boss. 

"But you have to be careful, a team like Juventus have not won it for [23] years. 

"We need to talk in the dressing room to grow and improve. But we have to do it between us. We can talk and have different opinions, but we have to do it inside [the dressing room]." 

Thiago Silva sat out the Coupe de France final through injury and will be absent once more for the trip to the Stade de la Mosson. 

Thomas Tuchel insisted he wants to continue as Paris Saint-Germain head coach amid growing pressure following the club's Coupe de France capitulation.

PSG squandered a 2-0 lead in the final as the French champions lost 6-5 on penalties to Rennes following Saturday's 2-2 draw in Paris.

While PSG retained their Ligue 1 crown in Tuchel's first season, they surrendered a first-leg advantage in a shock Champions League last-16 elimination at the hands of Manchester United.

PSG also lost in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals as pressure mounts on former Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel.

However, Tuchel told reporters post-game: "Of course I want to continue!

"It's too early to take stock. I have to think for a few days. This is not an easy situation."

Goals from Dani Alves and Neymar put PSG 2-0 ahead inside 21 minutes before Presnel Kimpembe's own goal prior to half-time gave Rennes some hope.

Mexer's 66th-minute equaliser forced extra time, where PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe was sent off as Rennes eventually triumphed in the shoot-out.

"It's difficult to explain, also for me, because we made a good start to the game, very strong, very structured, with many qualities and many opportunities," Tuchel said.

"We had a lot of chances throughout the game. But after leading 2-0 it's hard to explain. For me it is a great disappointment to lose the second half 1-0. I have no explanation."

Mbappe was sent off for a poor high challenge on Damien Da Silva and Tuchel added: "Mbappe had many opportunities to be decisive. 

"He had some problems on Friday, he stopped the last training because of some muscular problems. Maybe it was in his head, because normally he is very reliable in this kind of match, a final. 

"Usually, he is decisive. But today, he lacked a little confidence and the red card at the end, normally it is not him, but it remained in his head [the muscle problem]."

Hatem Ben Arfa had a message for Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi after Rennes stunned the French champions in the Coupe de France: "Never underestimate your opponent".

Former PSG attacker Ben Arfa scored in the shoot-out as Rennes triumphed 6-5 on penalties following Saturday's 2-2 draw at the Stade de France in Paris.

PSG led 2-0 but Thomas Tuchel's men surrendered a two-goal lead – Rennes rallying to claim the Coupe de France for the first time since 1971.

It was a satisfying evening for Ben Arfa, who spent 15 months frozen out of the PSG team before he was sold to Rennes last year.

"The result gave me an exceptional emotion. It had been a difficult year and we worked hard to get here," Ben Arfa – who shared an awkward exchange with Al-Khelaifi post-game – told France 2.

"We're satisfied for Rennes, the Pinault family and the club in its whole. It's an immense pride.

"It's special. Especially regarding president Nasser. You should never underestimate your opponent in life. One day or another, he will come back stronger."

Ben Arfa did not let up in the mixed zone as he mocked PSG's capitulations in the Champions League after squandering a lead to Manchester United in the last 16 this season, having suffered a humiliating exit at the hands of Barcelona in 2017.

"We pulled off a Remontada, but PSG are used to that," Ben Arfa told reporters.

"One day, like me, Adrien Rabiot will come up against PSG. I have nothing against the club, just those in charge."

Rennes came from two goals down to beat Paris Saint-Germain on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the Coupe de France final.

Kylian Mbappe was sent off in extra time before Christopher Nkunku missed the crucial effort from the spot to deny PSG a fifth triumph in a row in the competition, putting further pressure on head coach Thomas Tuchel.

The Ligue 1 champions had led 2-0 after just 21 minutes thanks to stunning goals from Dani Alves and Neymar, making his first start since returning from the foot injury suffered in January.

A Presnel Kimpembe own goal and a header from Mexer dragged Rennes back into the contest, though, and it was Julien Stephan's men who held their nerve in the shoot-out to win the trophy for the first time since 1971.

Alves took a dreadful free-kick just three minutes before he broke the deadlock in sensational fashion, meeting Neymar's deep corner with an unstoppable volley from the edge of the area.

Eight minutes later, Alves started a quick counter-attack that saw Angel Di Maria play a fine throughball to Neymar, who chipped goalkeeper Tomas Koubek in impudent fashion.

M'Baye Niang hit the post as Rennes threatened a comeback, though, and when Kimpembe turned Hamari Traore's cross into his own net, the Ligue 1 champions suddenly looked shaky.

Koubek made a fine save to keep out another fierce Alves strike, but just as PSG began to take control of proceedings again, Mexer escaped Di Maria at a corner to head home Rennes' equaliser.

Into extra time, Neymar sent Mbappe through but his effort went behind the waiting Edinson Cavani and struck the base of the right-hand post before rebounding to safety.

Mbappe's frustrating outing reached a nadir 118 minutes in, as he saw red for a poor high challenge on Damien Da Silva at the end of a period of persistent fouls on both sides.

All 11 of the first penalties were converted, before Nkunku sent his effort high over the crossbar to spark wild Rennes celebrations.

Neymar will make his first start since January when Paris Saint-Germain take on Rennes in Saturday's Coupe de France final. 

The Brazil superstar made his return from a second serious foot injury in as many seasons when he appeared as a second-half substitute in last weekend's Ligue 1 clinching win over Monaco. 

Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick to inspire that 3-1 triumph over his former club and will lead the PSG forward line alongside Neymar at the Stade de France, with Julian Draxler and Angel di Maria providing support from the flanks. 

Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe line up at centre-back after Thiago Silva announced earlier on Saturday that he was not fit to start. 

PSG are aiming to win the Coupe de France for a fifth consecutive season. The last time they did not lift the trophy, in 2014, Rennes were beaten finalists against Guingamp. 

Thiago Silva has confirmed he will miss Saturday's Coupe de France final between Paris Saint-Germain and Rennes.

The centre-back is said to have trained separately from his PSG team-mates on Friday due to an unspecified injury.

The Brazil international has now confirmed on Instagram that he will be unable to take part in the game at Stade de France.

"Unfortunately, I will not be on the pitch today! But the heart will be with you, PSG," he wrote.

PSG are looking to complete a domestic treble on Saturday, having already won the Trophee des Champions and Ligue 1 this season.

Neymar has been tipped to start, having made his comeback from a foot injury in last week's league win over Monaco, while Edinson Cavani could also return to the line-up.

Marquinhos thinks Paris Saint-Germain's season will be "wasted" if they do not retain their Coupe de France title against Rennes on Saturday.

PSG coasted to Ligue 1 success this term, but that is the only trophy to their name, with Strasbourg winning the Coupe de la Ligue and Manchester United knocking them out of the Champions League.

They head into the Coupe de France final as defending champions and big favourites, meaning the pressure will be entirely on them.

Rennes go into the contest without a win their past four matches, but with former PSG midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa in the side, they are capable of causing problems.

Marquinhos is aware of that and accepts PSG must be careful, mindful that their season will look significantly worse without a second trophy.

"Yes, it will be a wasted season if we lose against Rennes," said the Brazil international. "We let the Champions League slide, the Coupe de la Ligue too. We can't lose Coupe de France.

"All finals are tough. Every final has its own story. We know the responsibility we have in this final.

"There were two objectives: Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France. It's very important. The final is in front of us. We'll see the situation afterwards, whether it is positive or negative.

"To be favourite or not, it's the game that counts. We don't think about who's the favourite. Each team has 50 per cent chance of winning.

"We know what Hatem Ben Arfa is capable of. We know him well, but he needs his team."

Paris Saint-Germain will face either Nantes or Vitre in the semi-finals of the Coupe de France.

The Ligue 1 leaders avoided Lyon in Thursday's draw, with Bruno Genesio's side to meet Rennes in the other last-four match.

PSG eased past Dijon in the quarter-finals with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday, in which Angel Di Maria scored twice.

They will host the winner of next Wednesday's clash between Nantes and fourth-tier side Vitre, who came from 2-0 down to beat Lyon Duchere 3-2 in the last round.

The matches will take place on April 2 and 3.

Paris Saint-Germain will continue their bid for a fifth straight Coupe de France title with a quarter-final meeting against fellow Ligue 1 side Dijon.

Thomas Tuchel's men reached the last eight with a 3-0 extra-time win over third-tier side Villefranche on Wednesday.

The four-time defending champions and record 12-time winners will host Dijon in the last eight.

The only other all-Ligue 1 tie will see either Guingamp or Lyon, who meet on Thursday, host Caen.

Rennes will host Ligue 2 side Orleans, while fourth-tier outfit Vitre welcome Nantes to the Stade Municipal.

The games are set to be played on February 26 and 27.

Neymar is unlikely to play when Paris Saint-Germain travel to Manchester United in the Champions League next month, according to head coach Thomas Tuchel.

Thomas Tuchel is adamant Paris Saint-Germain can cope without injured stars Marco Verratti and Neymar, even if the Brazilian's problem has left the coach "sad".

Neymar limped out of Wednesday's 2-0 Coupe de France win over Strasbourg after appearing to twist his foot following a robust challenge from midfielder Moataz Zemzemi.

PSG issued a statement on Thursday to confirm Neymar hurt the same metatarsal he broke last February in a Ligue 1 win over Marseille.

As such, the thoughts of fans and pundits alike swiftly turned to PSG's upcoming Champions League last-16 clash with resurgent Manchester United, as Tuchel's men travel to Old Trafford on February 12.

Tuchel remains unclear as to how serious Neymar's injury is, and while he rued the situation, he is confident they can handle it as a squad, with Verratti already out with an ankle issue.

"We will know more [about Neymar's injury] in a week," Tuchel told reporters. "Treatment has started, so we will see how it goes.

"I truly believe that we can handle the situation without Marco and Neymar. It is time to focus on Rennes and nothing else.

"Neymar and Marco are two key players, but we will find solutions – we have a great squad and players who can always make a difference.

"Injuries are bad luck. It hurts when you lose key players, but our staff are very intelligent.

"Marco is mentally strong. He comes [to the training ground] 12 hours every day. For Neymar, it is different.

"He came for some treatment on Friday. He is sad, I am sad too. It is horrible [to have suffered a recurrence], but we tried to avoid talking about his injury and we made him laugh instead.

"They are extraordinary players with great quality. We miss them and have no replacements, so it is a challenge to find solutions. We are a strong squad, though."

One player who could potentially ease the loss of Verratti if he is ruled out for a while is Leandro Paredes.

The Argentina international is close to joining from Zenit, with Tuchel hopeful it can be completed in the next day or so.

"It's not finished, I cannot talk too much about Leandro," Tuchel said. "This transfer must be closed during the weekend. I have to wait."

Paris Saint-Germain's Coupe de France defence will continue with a trip to third-tier Villefranche in the last 16.

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