Monaco defender Jemerson has talked up the ever-improving quality of the French top-flight, saying that he expects a number of teams to pose a threat to his club retaining their title.
The 24-year old Brazilian, who found himself on the score sheet in both opening matches of his club's Ligue 1 campaign, has seen Monaco rocket to the top of the table after three fixtures, with the defending champions continuing last season's trend of playing an attractive, attacking style of football despite losing several key players.
"When you win a title, of course your aim is to try to keep it, even if we know that it will be difficult," he told The Ligue 1 Show on beIN SPORTS.
"It's always very hard to win the league title back to back," he continued. "We will have to be even more motivated and even more focused if we are to pull it off for a second season running.
"Ever since I arrived in France the championship has been improving and becoming more attractive," the player added.
"This season is going to be very interesting. You can sense that teams like Bordeaux, Marseille and Lille are going to be strong and the level will be high.
"It's good for Ligue 1, and it's good for the players as well because it pushes us to raise our own game."
Jemerson went on to elaborate on the rivalry between Les Rouges et Blancs and Paris Saint-Germain, the club most likely to challenge their title defence.
"It's always special when we play PSG; it's a special game," he said. "Sometimes we manage to win, but it's always difficult.
"It has become a rivalry quite naturally really, because we have been the two best teams in recent years. If one of us finishes first, the other is usually second.
"I think it's a rivalry that will become even more important," he added.