On Wednesday Paris Saint Germain go up against Monaco for another round of their fierce domestic rivalry in the Coupe de France semi-finals. However, PSG will have the upper hand as Monaco look to rest key players with a Champions League Semi-Final with Juventus in mind, along side a crucial Ligue 1 run-in.
It hasn’t been the most successful season for Paris Saint Germain and haven’t given their fans too much to get excited about, but they have had triumphant runs in the domestic cup competitions and now look to add to their Coupe de la Ligue success in the more converted Coupe de France.
“On Wednesday, it will be a very difficult match for us, but a very important one”
Unai Emery, PSG.fr
Paris currently hold the record, alongside Marseille, of the most Coupe de France victories and league leaders Monaco stand between Les Parisiens and a third straight cup success. Edinson Cavani will be in the spotlight on Wednesday after he signed a new deal with PSG until 2020 this week.
However, what looks like a clash of the heavyweights may not be the case with Leonardo Jardim admitting he will rest several key starters for Monaco as they prioritize league victory and Champions League success over the cup.
As a PSG fan, it is sad to see how times have changed over past 12 months. The capital club were dominating every domestic competition in France and were was the countries shining light in Europe. Whereas now what it comes down to is: Paris need this victory, and Monaco clearly don’t.
That said a victory at the Parc Des Princes this evening would be nice, especially with Monaco showing Paris how it’s done in the league, and against a weak Monaco side it should be a comfortable victory to set up a final with Angers next month, avoiding another serious embarrassment!
The biggest team news is the absence of the in-form Javier Pastore after a knock he suffered from on the weekend. Maxwell looks likely to retain his place in the back line with Kurzawa ruled out still and young players such as Nkunku could get a start in front of the Parc Des Princes.
Predicted Starting XI
(4-3-3) Areola; Aurier, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Maxwell; Rabiot, Verratti, Nkunku; Draxler, Cavani, Di Maria
Subs: Trapp, Kimpembe, Meunier, Motta, Matuidi, Lucas, Guedes
PSG 3-1 Monaco