PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN vs Olympique Lyonnais
Coupe de France
Venue: Parc des Princes
Date: 21st March 2012
Kick-Off: 19:50 (GMT)
It is the last-eight of the Coupe de France tonight with Paris Saint-Germain looking to make it to the penultimate hurdle before the final with a victory over Olympique Lyonnais.
In front of a near packed Parc des Princes, Carlo Ancelotti will see this as a golden opportunity to edge ever closer in gaining some elusive silverware and keep on course for a domestic double with the Ligue 1 title well in sight.
Resilience was again shown at the weekend with the dramatic injury time equaliser in Caen thanks to Christophe Jallet. With Montpellier also failing to win after being humbled by Nancy 1-0, the gap at the top has widened slightly to just two points. Nevertheless, Jallet’s goal may just prove to be decisive in who claims L1 glory come the spring.
League matters aside, a largely inconsistent Lyon team have come into some good form in the past two weeks. They followed up an impressive victory over champions Lille with a dogged 1-0 win in Saint-Etienne at the weekend thanks to Bafetimbi Gomis 10 minutes from time. They currently sit fifth in the table, four points off that third Champions League spot that they are desperate to snatch from the grasp of Lille.
In the cup, they ushered past a number of lower tier clubs before overcoming Girondins Bordeaux in a dramatic last-16 clash in which Gomis and Jimmy Briand netted in extra-time to send Les Gones through to set up this dance with Les Parisiens.
The visitors will be without Cris and Yoann Gourcuff for the trip to the capital but PSG are missing personnel too. Momo Sissoko is suspended with Clement Chantome and Maxwell still nursing injuries. Ancelotti has also sprung a surprise by not including skipper Mamadou Sakho in his squad, opting to rest him for the weekend clash with Bordeaux along with full-back Marcos Ceara. Incidentally, Carlo confirmed Nicolas Douchez will start in goal in place of Salvatore Sirigu – continuing with the cup rotation.
Playmaker Jeremy Menez is desperate to win the competition and told the club’s Official Site: “We were eliminated from the Coupe de la Ligue so we only have two competitions left to play in and we want to win them both! If we beat Lyon, we’ll be just one win away from the Stade de France. We have two months of the season to go and we have to keep working and stay 100 per cent so we don’t ruin everything we’ve achieved so far.”