Paris Saint Germain return from the international break on the big stage as they attempt to retain their Coupe de la Ligue title at the expense of AS Monaco. After a disappointing month this cup final could be a huge step as Emery’s men try to recover their season.
Domestic successes have been easy to come by in recent years for the capital side and Paris have an unbelievable record in the league cup especially. They’ve won this competition three years in a row and hold the longest unbeaten run in the Coupe de la Ligue; beating Lille 2-1 last year thanks to Angel Di Maria.
Monaco, however, are having one of their best seasons since they returned to the French first flight. Leading the way in Ligue 1; making their way to the final in their usual entertaining fashion and are French’s shining light in Europe. A complete contrast to Les Parisiens who crashed out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 to Barcelona and are playing catch up to their opponents in the Ligue 1 title race.
The two teams have also played out two intriguing fixtures in the league this season. Monaco battered Paris at the start of the season and despite PSG being on top at the Parc, the visitors equalised late on. 18 year old Mbappe has been astonishing over the last month and alongside talent such as Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva and Radamel Falcao, Monaco hold a great threat up against a previously timid Paris defence.
It’s not going to be easy for Paris against the first team for a while in France to challenge their domestic dominance but Emery is in need for a win and winning the Coupe de la Ligue may go a long way in recovering their season.
Paris were fortunate not to have picked up many injuries over the course of the international break. Marquinhos and Krychowiak are the only key absences for the final. Javier Pastore is likely to play a key part for PSG if he can continue to perform at the same high standard as he showed before the international break.
Predicted Starting XI
(4-3-3) Trapp; Meunier, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Kurzawa; Rabiot, Verratti, Pastore; Di Maria, Cavani, Draxler
Subs: Areola, Maxwell, Aurier, Motta, Nkunku, Matuidi, Lucas, Ben Arfa
Monaco 2-1 PSG