After claiming the Ligue 1 title last season, Toulouse will be out to prove they are not a one-season wonder as they prepare for the new season. Toulouse claimed the Champions Trophy last season, winning on penalties against Paris Saint-Germain and will be hoping to claim the trophy for the second year in a row.
“Last year our victory in the Champions Trophy certainly helped us build momentum heading into the season.” said Toulouse manager Dominique Arribage. “I hope we are able to do the same again but AS Saint-Etienne will be looking to ensure that doesn’t happen.” he added.
Toulouse only have one player missing from their squad heading into the match and are expected to play their strongest side in the fixture.
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After a solid season last year in which they claimed the French Cup, AS Saint-Etienne have new manager after Safet Susic left to take charge of AS Monaco. Former Under 19s coach Olivier Saragaglia has been appointed the new manager of AS Saint-Etienne heading into the new season.
“Our victory in the French Cup was an incredible achievement and I hope we are able to build on it this season just like Toulouse managed to the year before.” said AS Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin. “I am really looking forward to the match but I expect it to be a tough contest.” he said.
AS Saint-Etienne have been active in the transfer market, bringing in eight players so far during the transfer window. The most notable signing made by AS Saint-Etienne is Adel Taarabt who arrives from Benfica for €3.1 million.