The 2019/20 Coupe de France is nearing its end as we approach the semi-final stages, where Paris Saint-Germain face Lyon.
PSG have been running away with Ligue 1 this season and are currently 13 points clear of second-placed Marseille, but they will be looking to the cup competitions to add further success to their campaign. Lyon, meanwhile, may see the Coupe de France as their best bet of qualifying for the Europa League as they currently sit six points off fourth in the league.
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Can PSG take a step towards the treble?
Prior to last season, PSG had been selfish with the cups in France, winning both the Coupe de la Ligue and the Coupe de France for four seasons in a row. Coupling those with Ligue 1 wins, with the exception of 2016/17, PSG have become fairly comfortable in French football — which has led to some criticism.
The Parisians are yet to transmit that form into European competition and things don’t look too positive in the Champions League this season. PSG currently trail Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on aggregate going into their last-16 second-leg next week and it will be no easy feat to overturn the tie against a truly impressive young side.
So, once again PSG look as though they may need to settle for domestic domination and they can take a big step towards that if they win their next two games against Lyon — starting with Wednesday’s clash before the Coupe de la Ligue final in April. And that could influence their team selection, especially with a Ligue 1 game against Strasbourg on Saturday providing the better opportunity to rest players ahead of next week’s Champions League game.
An important period ahead for Lyon
Lyon have kicked March off with a Ligue 1 win over St-Etienne but by the time the month is over, that could be the least significant result for them. Lyon follow up Wednesday’s Coupe de France semi-final against PSG, with a trip to Lille in the league — the team currently in fourth. A win over Christophe Galtier’s men would see the gap close to just three points.
Then, Stade Reims visit the Groupama Stadium before what may be Lyon’s biggest game of the season so far. On March 17, Lyon take a trip to Italy to face Juventus in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Lyon won the first game 1-0 and know they are just 90 minutes away from a result not many would have expected when the draw was initially made.
Before the international break disrupts club football, Lyon face another difficult away journey to third-placed Rennes. And when they return, there’s the small matter of the Coupe de la Ligue final against PSG. But it all starts with Wednesday’s game and Lyon will want to make a statement.
PSG looking to continue Coupe de France domination
Past five Coupe de France finals
- 2019: Rennes 2-2 PSG (6-5 on penalties)
- 2018: PSG 2-0 Les Herbiers
- 2017: PSG 1-0 Angers
- 2016: PSG 4-2 Marseille
- 2015: PSG 1-0 Auxerre
PSG are the most successful team in Coupe de France history, winning the competition 12 times since their formation in 1970. Four of those 12 wins have come in the past five seasons as PSG continue their takeover of French football. Only Rennes were able to bring that run to an end last season.
PSG went into the 2019 final as favourites and they looked certain to retain the trophy after going 2-0 up inside the opening 25 minutes thanks to goals from Brazilian duo Dani Alves and Neymar. But Rennes fought back to 2-2 and eventually won the final on penalties, piling on the misery as PSG only won the league — a change from their customary treble.
But for Lyon, this game represents a fresh chance to reach the final. Despite winning the competition five times, Lyon have only reached the final on eight occasions, with just two of those coming this millennium — though they did manage to win on both appearances, with the last triumph coming in 2012.