Sable vs PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Coupe de France
Venue: Stade Remy Lambert
Date: 20th January 2012
Kick-Off: 19:30 (GMT)
After narrowly beating Saint-Colomban Locmine just under a fortnight ago, Paris Saint-Germain travel to yet another fifth-tier minnow tomorrow night in their quest for glory in the Coupe de France.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men have just come off the back of an impressive display against Toulouse in which Nene excelled with a brace. Sitting at the top of Ligue 1, with a three point lead still intact, emphasis now turns to the cup before next week’s trip to Brest.
Tomorrows opponents are currently sitting 12th in Group H of the Championnat de France amateur 2, just a point outside the relegation places. They are unbeaten in their last four in all competitions, including a mammoth 7-2 victory over Laval II last weekend to give them a fighting chance of avoiding relegation.
Much like PSG’s encounter with Saint-Colomban Locmine, it is another serious case of David versus Goliath due to the status of both clubs. The team can ill afford to underestimate their opponents and defender Milan Bisevac knows full well what is in store tomorrow. Speaking to the club’s Official Site, the Serbian said; “Seriously, this type of meeting is completely different from a championship game. We must be careful, very careful and respect this team. We know our opponent will play the game of their year, and will have a huge desire. It is preparing to do the job just by qualifying.” He went on to emphasise just how important a cup run is for a source of motivation in the camp; “Of course, the goal is to go as far as possible and to shine as well as in Ligue 1. At each turn, you must give the maximum to advance in the competition. We are ambitious, the Cup is always a source of motivation.”
Ancelotti will more than likely ring the changes – not too much – and give some game time to personnel who have not figured productively during his tenure so far. Defender Diego Lugano has been nursing a knee injury all week but should be fit for the trip. Blaise Matuidi is still absent as he continues his recuperation and Mathieu Bodmer is also missing due to suspension.