EVIAN THONON-GAILLARD VS PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN
VENUE: PARC DES SPORTS
DATE: 28TH APRIL 2013
KICK-OFF: 20:00 (GMT)
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Revenge should be the last thing on the minds of the players tonight. It was Evian of course who ended an ambition of the club to capture its first ever domestic double over 10-days ago on a penalty shoot-out in the Coupe de France. But, there is no point crying over spilt milk as tonight’s hosts fully merit their place in the last-four after an admirable performance. We on the other hand must put that to the back of our minds and look at the bigger picture. Two wins away from becoming champions, starting tonight!
There may be uncertainty over the future of Carlo Ancelotti which has undoubtedly cast a shadow over the build-up to the game but one thing is for sure is that the players have destiny in their own hands. Despite Marseille closing to the gap to six points with a valiant win in Lorient yesterday, it will count for nothing for them as long as we undertake two efficient performances against Evian later and Valenciennes next week – possibly winning the title at the Parc des Princes!
It is just unfortunate that the coach has put doubt over his future by declaring in yesterday’s press conference that he does not know if he will be in charge next season. He did deny the reports from Le Parisien that has told the club that he is going to leave in the summer but nevertheless, by playing the cards close to his chest it appears as if he has something else lined up. But, Real Madrid can wait for the time being as THIS football club is looking to end a 19-year hiatus without a league title. Hopefully, the gaffer has deterred attention away from himself and kept the squad’s mind in check for tonight.
We are coming up against a team whose form has dipped at the wrong time. Sitting fourth from bottom, off the back of a 3-1 defeat away to Nancy, they are level on points with 18th placed Sochaux who produced – perhaps – the performance of the season by coming back from three goals down at Lille to earn a point. It appears anyone from Stade de Reims in 14th downwards could go down and L’ETG are definitely in the mire.
Beating us in the Coupe de France should not have a bearing on the game at all but it will be a factor in Pascal Dupraz’s team talk. Despite how poor we were over a week ago, credit must go to Evian for not only coming back from a goal down but also digging in, making us uncomfortable and are now reaping the benefits by being a win away from a trip to the Stade de France.
Note: Thiago Motta is suspended whilst Lucas Moura misses out through injury. Apart from that, a fully fit squad has travelled to Gaillard.