PARIS (AP) – Paris Saint-Germain is looking to overcome anxiety and disappointment when it visits Rennes in the French league on Saturday.
The Parisian club has spent more than ?80 million this summer to sign eight players, but it opened the season with a 1-0 loss to Lorient last weekend.
''There's a huge disappointment because I didn't recognize my team,'' PSG coach Antoine Kombouare said. ''There was the fear to do wrong and a bit of tenseness. We must let ourselves go. I hope this defeat will make us react so that we can move forward.''
PSG hit the headlines with its lavish shopping spree but it still has to prove on the pitch that it's a team and not just a collection of talented players.
''People expect a lot right away,'' PSG midfielder Clement Chantome said. ''But we know that it takes time to build a team. ... We are not worried. It's the start of the season, we learn to know each other. Some players have resumed training much later and are not fit yet.''
Rennes tops the standings after winning 5-1 at Dijon in the opening round.
The club lost several players this offseason, including goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez to PSG, winger Sylvain Marveaux to Newcastle, holding midfielder Fabien Lemoine to Saint-Etienne and veteran forward Jerome Leroy to Evian. But it compensated for those departures with smart signings, hiring forward Jonathan Pitroipa from German club Hamburger SV, midfielder Julien Feret from Nancy, goalkeeper Benoit Costil from Sedan and defender Chris Mavinga from Liverpool.
It also managed to hold on to its star, France midfielder Yann M'Vila.
''The signings of Julien Feret and Jonathan Pitroipa do us good offensively,'' Rennes forward Razak Boukari said. ''I see Rennes stronger. We are going to be solid defensively and we will improve our attack.''
Rennes was neck-and-neck with Lille in the title race last season before fading in the last couple of months to finish in sixth place. It also has one of the best youth academies in France.
Meanwhile, Lyon hosts newly promoted Ajaccio and hopes to capitalize on its 3-1 win over Nice last weekend.
''We struggled last season because we got off to a poor start,'' Lyon fullback Anthony Reveillere told a news conference. ''When you have a poor start in the first five rounds, it makes the remainder of the season quite difficult.''
Last season, Lyon fell into the relegation zone by the seventh round and managed to get into the top five teams only by the 16th round to finish in third place.
''We fought hard last season to get back in the top spots and we lost a lot of energy for the final straight,'' Reveillere said.
Of all the contenders for the title, Lyon is the only team that has not signed any new player despite the departures of midfielder Jeremy Toulalan for Spanish side Malaga and Argentine forward Cesar Delgado for Mexican club Monterrey.
Yet, Lyon does not face PSG's cohesion issues because it has a very stable squad.
Marseille coach Didier Deschamps will rely on Loic Remy to tear down the Auxerre defense on Sunday as striker Andre-Pierre Gignac was sent to a spa in Italy this week for a slimming treatment.
Remy netted a goal in Marseille's 2-2 draw with Sochaux in the opening round and also scored for France in the 1-1 tie with Chile on Wednesday.
Gignac, who performed poorly last season, was deemed overweight by the club's medical staff and went to a spa Monday to shed some extra pounds.
''It's about a few kilograms that he has been struggling to lose for several weeks,'' the club's doctor Christophe Baudot said.
Gignac is set to resume training with the squad next week.
Deschamps is focusing on fixing his team's defensive frailties.
''It's tough to win a match by conceding two goals at home,'' Deschamps said after the draw with Sochaux last weekend. ''When you play at home and with the kind of ambitions that we have, I believe that we lost two points. We must be more efficient defensively.''
Also on Saturday it's: Lorient vs. Bordeaux, Saint-Etienne vs. Nancy, Sochaux vs. Caen, Toulouse vs. Dijon and Valenciennes vs. Brest.
On Sunday, defending champion Lille faces Montpellier and Evian plays Nice.