The domestic quadruple is in sight! Not only that, an unprecedented back-to-back quadruple that would be without doubt the biggest achievement in this club’s history. To do it once is one thing, but to do it twice on the bounce is unheard of. Paris Saint-Germain will accomplish a feat that no other club could match. Not just in France, but across Europe’s top leagues.
That reality became closer to fruition as Les Parisiens booked their place in the Coupe de France Final on May 21st in Saint Denis thanks to a 1-0 win away at Lorient. That man again Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the savour with a beautiful solo goal in the 75th minute. The Swede wriggled his way through the Lorient defence before firing with the outside of his boot past goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte.
Ibra highlighted the importance post-match and was proud of the win on Lorient’s infamous artificial pitch. As quoted by the club’s official site he said; “The important thing was to win tonight because this was a knockout match. This is an important trophy for us because we won it last year and we want to keep it. It’s very hard to play on this surface, that doesn’t exist anywhere else. But we won and that’s the important thing. My goal? It’s an important goal because it was the winning goal. If someone else had scored I would have been just as happy because it meant we are qualified for the final.”
Ibra made some significant history be beating his previous best tally for a season in a Parisian shirt. That goal puts him on 42 for the season, beating his best haul of 41 in the 2013/14 campaign.
Credit for the win must also go to goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu who pulled off some key saves as the hosts probed, particularly one he made just before the goal when he was faced one on one with Benjamin Moukandjo. Thankfully from our point of view, the Italian came out on top.
Next up, the Coupe de la Ligue Final on Saturday night against Lille. If we are able to do the business there, then that just leaves the Coupe de France. Who stands in our way? Only Olympique de Marseille! Nothing like a ‘classique’ at the Stade de France to whet the appetite, right?