An injury hit Paris Saint-Germain will look to book their place in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue tonight and make it three consecutive visits in the Stade de France in this competition. The holders will face off with Toulouse for the fourth and final time this season after three meetings in the past few weeks.
Our 5-1 demolition of Angers at the weekend just reinforced our stranglehold in Ligue 1; hitting the 60 point mark after just 22 games, and still unbeaten. Who would have thought that after achieving a domestic quadruple last season that we would have a campaign like this? The players, staff and fans are hungrier than ever for success and if we manage to do back-to-back quadruples, then that will be a feat that will never to be matched in any top league across Europe. It beggars belief what this crop of players are doing this season. Coach Laurent Blanc must be given enormous credit for his management of the squad but does face a head scratching week or two due to the amount of injuries at the moment.
Tonight we are without Javier Pastore, Gregory Van der Wiel, Marco Verratti, Thiago Silva, Hervin Ongenda and Salvatore Sirigu who no doubt would have played this evening. There were doubts over Marquinhos but he has made the squad. As quoted by the club’s official site, the gaffer said; “You always have to careful, because these are injuries that aren’t too serious, but can easily become serious if the players come back too soon. Thiago Silva is not 100% ready, but he’s not far away. Marquinhos will train normally on Tuesday. Both are very close to returning to the squad, which is good news. Marco Verratti is better, but Wednesday’s game comes a little too early for him, same for Salvatore Sirigu. We are waiting for the latest results this afternoon, but it doesn’t look as though his injury has healed enough for him to start against Toulouse. Gregory Van der Wiel had an appendix operation on Sunday. He is sidelined for a few days. That’s quite a long list. We will have to play a competitive team, but I hope to get back a few players very soon and not have any others injured.”
With European competition to resume in three weeks, Blanc needs full use of his squad. The schedule since the winter break has been hectic but our significant lead at the top will give us leeway in terms of rotation and resting personnel.
The winners tonight will meet Lille in the final having smashed Bordeaux 5-1 last night.