It’s not just the Champions League this Wednesday, March 17. Paris Saint-Germain faces Lille at 5:45 p.m. (live on France 2 and France tv sport), during the knockout stages of the Coupe de France. A meeting that should not be missed under any circumstances.
If Paris Saint-Germain and Lille are fighting a merciless battle in Ligue 1, they will also challenge each other in the knockout stages of the Coupe de France this Wednesday March 17 at 5.45 p.m. (live on France 2 and France tv sport) . Hanging last weekend by Monaco (0-0), LOSC will want to reassure itself in this competition, which it has not won since 2011 and its famous cup / championship double.
Three points behind the Mastiffs in Ligue 1, the capital club will try to consolidate its domination in the Coupe de France, since it has won five of the last six editions.
This is the opportunity to rehearse his scales before the final performance. If the two teams challenge each other this Wednesday in the Coupe de France, they will also face each other in the league, on April 3, in a meeting that could be decisive for the title.
An important match for Paris Saint-Germain, which is not so sovereign against the big cars this season. Indeed, Kylian Mbappé’s teammates took only 4 points out of 18 possible against the top 5 of Ligue 1, and that they will, after this Cup match against Lille, continue with a trip to the Lyon rival on Sunday before to find the LOSC. If they want to win a fourth consecutive crown in the league, a victory against the Mastiffs would put them in a good dynamic for these two decisive days.
Before the looming international break, the Mastiffs will play their 17th game in 2021. A situation which pushes Christophe Galtier to blow some players, during this shock against Paris Saint-Germain.
Present at a press conference before the meeting, the coach explained that he was going to start a competitive starting XI: “I think I have two A teams. Compared to the sequence of matches, there are rotations that seem to me to be compulsory. But by building a very, very competitive team. Wednesday, we have the ambition to qualify. But we can’t have such a large rotation. Because it’s Paris. It’s a round of 16, we play Paris and the match is important“Said the former coach of Saint-Etienne. Tiago Djalo and Xeka could start the meeting tonight.
It is certainly easier said than done. During the meeting between the capital club and FC Nantes which took place on Sunday March 14, Marquinhos and Angel Di Maria were robbed. A difficult situation for the two players who should still be present against Lille on Wednesday.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Mauricio Pochettino praised the union around the two men: “What happened at Angel Di Maria and Marquinhos’ family on Sunday affected everyone. Everyone took it as if it had happened to them personally. Angel is fine, Marqui is fine too. But above all the families are doing well, given the stress that these situations cause. We are a united team, and it affected everyone. Today, the group is doing a little better “, The former Tottenham coach explained. A victory against Lille could bring balm to the hearts of both players.