Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain face their stiffest challenge of the early season away to Monaco in Ligue 1 on Sunday while Marseille will seek to continue their revival under new coach Michel at Guingamp on Friday.
Valencia`s progress to the lucrative Champions League group stage on Tuesday thanks to a 4-3 aggregate success against Monaco took them over a key hurdle in owner Peter Lim`s push to return the La Liga club to the continent`s elite.
A header by Markus Rosenberg and an own goal from Dedryck Boyata condemned Scottish champions Celtic to a second successive season without the riches to be accrued from the Champions League group stage as Malmo beat them 2-0 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate in their play-off on Tuesday.
Celtic may come to regret not making Jo Inge Berget`s loan a permanent move as his double for Swedish side Malmo saw them only lose 3-2 away in their Champions League play-off first leg match on Wednesday and leave the Scottish champions hopes of a place in the group stage in the balance.
Valencia will have to cope without Argentine international Nicolas Otamendi as they attempt to move a step closer to ending a three-year absence from Champions League group action when they host Monaco on Wednesday.
Spanish club Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno has declared that his team can maximize its chances of securing a spot in the European Champions league football tournament by "keeping a clean net and going for all chances" during the qualifier play-off against French side Monaco next Wednesday.
Four-time European champions Ajax have been eliminated at the third qualifying round stage of the Champions League after a humiliating 3-2 second-leg defeat to Rapid Vienna on Tuesday as Monaco advanced with a 4-0 win over Swiss side Young Boys.
Layvin Kurzawa starred as last season`s Champions League quarter-finalists Monaco took a big step towards the play-off round of this season`s Champions League on Tuesday with a 3-1 win away at Swiss side Young Boys in their third qualifying round first leg clash.
Colombian international Radamel Falcao who joined Chelsea on loan from parent club Monaco, practiced for the first time with his teammates. Chelsea take on French champions Paris Saint-Germain in a pre-season friendly and Falcao will be keen to play in his first game for the Blues.