Kombouaré gunning for Cup glory
En Avant de Guingamp coach Antoine Kombouaré is targeting silverware at the end of the season ahead of his side's trip to Girondins de Bordeaux in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Girondins de Bordeaux - En Avant de Guingamp
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The former Paris Saint-Germain coach is understandably upbeat, with the Bretons so far impressing in all three competitions open to them in 2016/17. They make the 600 kilometre journey south to the Gironde five places and points better off than their hosts - who are 10th - in Ligue 1, and already into the Coupe de France round of 32 having beaten second tier Le Havre AC on Saturday.
'Hope to win at least one'
"I asked a lot of questions of my players, and they answered them emphatically," said Kombouaré after Mustapha Diallo and Jimmy Briand fired EAG to a 2-1 win at their Stade de Roudourou. "They were professional and respected Le Havre, but the victory was logical. We are still in every competition and I hope to win at least one of them at the end of the season."
Guingamp have won three of their last five games in all competitions - a run which includes a 2-1 triumph over French champions PSG - and would have boasted a perfect four from four had Gauthier Hein not grabbed a last-minute leveller for FC Metz in the final league game before the winter break.
Briand's brace in that game, allied to his strike on Saturday, means the former France striker has now scored seven goals in all competitions this term. The 31-year-old was subbed off in the dying minutes against Le Havre, but having scored four career goals against Bordeaux he is likely to start at the Stade Matmut Atlantique.
Les Girondins' recent form has been rather patchier than their visitors', meanwhile, with Jocelyn Gourvennec's men having dropped 13 points in their last five Ligue 1 games. That run was punctuated by a morale-boosting goalless draw with Ligue 1 leaders OGC Nice, though, and they find themselves at the quarter-final stage of the Coupe having beaten the same opponents 3-2 in the previous round.
Gaëtan Laborde scored a brace in that game, and went from taker to maker in a nick of time against former club Clermont Foot 63 on Sunday, teeing up Malcom for a late winner to set up FCGB's own passage to the Coupe de France last 32. Bordeaux's most prolific attacker with five goals and three assists in all competitions, 22-year-old Laborde hopes the best is yet to come in what is shaping up to be a breakthrough season for him.
"We came here to qualify and that's what we did," said the forward in his post-match interview. "We were pretty sure of ourselves. This victory allows us to build momentum. The aim is to qualify against Guingamp and then we will turn to the league."
FC Girondins de Bordeaux: Prior; Pellenard, Pallois, Lewczuk, Gajic; Vada, Toulalan, Plasil; Kamano, Laborde, Malcom
EA Guingamp: Salin; Lévêque, Sorbon, Kerbrat, Angoua; Giresse, Sankoh, Diallo; Coco, Mendy, De Pauw
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