Andrea Pirlo compared the situation in Serie A this week with France’s Ligue 1. Juventus were Paris St-Germain, he reasoned, far ahead of the domestic competition and – by implication – the only team worthy of playing to a high level in Europe. That would be wrong to assume though following results on matchday one.

France look to be the big losers in the recently-announced Champions League shake-up with the fifth ranked national association supplying two teams for the group stage and one more to the qualifying rounds from 2018 onwards. That is the position the French league currently occupies.

Not only did Monaco eliminate Spain’s fourth-best team in the qualification play-off round – Villarreal – but they also defeated England’s third best on foreign soil with a well-measured display. Bernardo Silva and prodigy Thomas Lemar gave Monaco an early advantage that Tottenham Hotspur could not overturn to prove there is more than just PSG in the French top flight.

Furthermore, Olympique Lyon marked their return to the Champions League with a huge victory over Dinamo Zagreb at their stunning new home. Youth products Corentin Tolisso and Jordan Ferri were on the scoresheet for a Lyon side deprived of two more hometown favourites in Alexander Lacazette and Nabil Fekir.

After a draw between Juventus and Sevilla in the other Group H game, Lyon are in with an early shout of making the knockouts.

By contrast, a PSG side in transition were wasteful at home against Arsenal and could only draw.

It would have taken a gambler with remarkable foresight to bet on PSG being the only Ligue 1 side to fail to win on the first Champions League matchnight but that’s just what transpired.