Coupe de France : PSG, the bête noire of the Greens - The Point

After more than four months of judgment, the professional football finally resumed its rights in the hexagon with the final of the Coupe de France against AS Sa

Coupe de France : PSG, the bête noire of the Greens - The Point

After more than four months of judgment, the professional football finally resumed its rights in the hexagon with the final of the Coupe de France against AS Saint-Etienne Paris Saint-Germain on Friday. A decisive appointment for the Greens who hope to triumph a seventh time in the competition and this opportunity to win their ticket to the european. But the task looks tough for the club forézien who have to outsmart the statistics and perform the feat in the face of his worst " black beast ".

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Since the creation of the Paris Saint-Germain in 1970, the figures are unequivocal : saint-etienne have only 14 victories for 46 defeats and 24 draws, in 84 direct confrontation (in all competitions). The balance leans so not really in favour of the formation of the ten titles of champion of France. This trend has logically increased since the arrival of the Qatari in the capital. The Greens remain on 18 matches without success in the face of the PSG.

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Worse still, five of the last ten matches between the two clubs have resulted in victories in paris by at least three goals difference. The latest dates back to the 8th of January last. At the Parc des princes, the men of Thomas Tuchel had humiliated the Green in the quarter-finals of the League Cup (6-1). A slap in the logical continuation of that imposed at Geoffroy-Guichard in Ligue 1 (4-0), a few weeks earlier.

A perfect preparation side of paris, mixed side saint-etienne

For a few weeks, the French clubs have returned to training and even matches. Author of a recital in the friendly (9-0 against Le Havre, 7-0 against Waasland-Beveren (D1 Belge) and 4-0 against Celtic Glasgow, Paris Saint-Germain has been full of confidence before the final long awaited Cup of France. Conversely, after having won its first three games (4-1 against Rumilly (N3), 4-1 against OGC Nice and 4-0 against Charleroi), AS Saint-Étienne were defeated in a double opposition to Anderlecht at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (1-2, 0-1). Disappointing results which negatively effects the preparation of the men of Claude Puel. And the coach of saint-etienne is well aware of it, it will be necessary for his protégés to be ready on Friday night to avoid another rout against PSG.

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During the past seven matchups in the league, the armada offensive paris has registered not less than twenty-four goals against only three small achievements side Green. But for hope, the Foréziens can reminisce about their last victory dated in the face of the leader of the championship. November 27, 2012, in the quarter-finals of the League Cup, the Greens prevail at the end of the penalty kicks (0-0, 5-3 t. a. b.). A performance that followed a victory a few weeks earlier, Foréziens at the Parc des Princes (1-2). All is not completely lost for the teammates of Débuchy, who will attempt to resist the onslaught of the Parisians, still more galactic.

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Defeated last year by the Tennis Stadium (2-2, 6-5 t. a. b.), PSG hopes to regain a title that he particularly likes (12 vials of France to his credit) prior to a new final, the League Cup against Lyon (August 31) and the resumption of the champions League. If Paris dream to dress up a little more in his trophy case, Saint-Étienne offers a unique opportunity to pick up his ticket european. The Greens will they finally triumphed over their nemesis ?

Updated Date: 24 July 2020, 01:33

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