April 23rd, Stade de France, save the date. Paris Saint-Germain have booked their place in the Coupe de la Ligue Final for the third consecutive year thanks to a 2-0 victory over Toulouse last night. The holders will be looking to retain for a third straight year and equal Marseille’s feat from 2010-2012. Les Dogues, Lille, await in the final as they look to capture their first ever League Cup title.
Last night’s semi was far from a classic. There was not really too much to shout about up until we broke the deadlock via Ezequiel Lavezzi in the 65th minute. Coach Laurent Blanc as expected rang the changes with the likes of Nicolas Douchez, Prensel Kimpembe, Layvin Kurzawa, Benjamin Satmbouli and Edinson Cavani coming back into the fray.
Toulouse will be thankful to see the back of us after this quick fire triple bill in recent weeks. We have knocked them out of both cup competitions and despite an admirable effort, we overcome them at the Stadium Municipal in the league too. It is now 16 games without defeat against TFC.
Lavezzi it was who opened the scoring just after the hour. Adrien Rabiot’s vision was the key as he was able to produce a diligent through ball to get Lavezzi on his way and despite seeing his first attempt saved, he was able to tuck away the rebound. There was an element of luck but at the same time his run was timed to a tee and did well to not fluff his lines with the second attempt.
In a game of few margins, that goal was key in the tie. Angel di Maria then wrapped it up seven minutes later with an absolute peach of a strike from distance. The number 11 is proving to be our best attacking outlet these days and that strike just epitomised the form he is in.
After that Lucas Moura, Blaise Matuidi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were all brought on to freshen things up for the final quarter of an hour. Not a bad bench to have, right?
So with a Trophee des Champions in the cabinet, a league title in the bag, we have now booked our place in the inaugural final of the season. This team is still well on track to achieve an unprecedented back to back quadruple. If that were to happen, it would be amazing!