PSG wary of giant-killing Quevilly
Just one match against an amateur side away from a chance to vie for their eighth French Cup in the final against Monaco, Paris coach Antoine Kombouaré says his side will be taking no chances against Rennes' and Boulgne's nemesis Quevilly (CFA, D4) in their semi-final in Caen on Wednesday night.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
French Cup semi-finals
Quevilly v Paris Saint-Germain
Stade Malherbe de Caen, 20:45 CET
Antoine Kombouaré’s PSG had the ideal lead-up to their French Cup semi-final with a rousing 3-1 win over champions Bordeaux on Saturday night, and they will be looking to take that winning mentality into their clash with Quevilly on Wednesday night.
Europe on the cards
Despite turning their troubled campaign around with just one loss in their last seven competitive matches, the French Cup remains the silver lining on PSG’s season and a win against amateurs Quevilly would see them in with a chance to sneak into Europe via the back door with their eighth French Cup title.
On paper, Paris are favourites to beat CFA (D4) side Quevilly, but the minnows’ run to the semis, during which they accounted for Ligue 2 side Angers as well as top-flight sides Rennes and Boulgne, has Kombouaré opting for a cautious approach.
'Cautious, humble, ready'
"If you take a look at the results Quevilly has pulled off against Angers, Rennes and Boulogne… they’re dangerous," Kombouaré counseled in the pre-match press conference on Tuesday. "Those three sides are experienced and battle-hardened professionals, but still they went down. That proves this side has quality. They have players capable of playing out of their skins to achieve a huge feat. We have to be cautious, humble and above all, ready."
With exception of ‘keeper Grégory Coupet, who had been hoping to return from long-term injury for the match, Kombouaré can field a full-stregnth line-up including all three goal scorers from the win over Bordeaux: Sylvain Armand, Mevlut Erding and Guillaume Hoarau.
'This match is the final'
Quevilly coach Régis Brouard is also aware of the odds-defying performance his side will need to win through to the final, but says the giant killers are calm ahead of their first French Cup semi-final since 1968, when they lost to Bordeaux.
"For us, this match is the final," said Brouard, who has no injuries or suspensions to deal with in choosing his first 11 for the big game. "The lads are calm. There are no big heads. That’s the strength of these players: they know where they’ve come from."
Quevilly: Rhoufir; Vanoukia, Weis, Beaugrard (c), Pallois; Colinet, F. Traoré, Vaugeois; Laup, Coquio, Ouahbi
Paris Saint-Germain: Edel; Jallet, Z. Camara, M. Sakho, Armand; Giuly, Clément, Makelele (c), Sessegnon; Hoarau, Erding