As with the men, the French footballers restart the competitions by … the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season. This Sunday, more than four months after the end of official matches in France due to the Covid-19 pandemic, PSG is back at stake. The team coached by Olivier Echouafni travels in the evening (8:30 p.m., Eurosport 2) to Libourne (Gironde) to face Bordeaux in the semi-final of the Coupe de France. The winner will find in the final Guingamp or Lyon, which will meet in the afternoon in Brittany (3 p.m.).
“We are happy to be able to finish this Coupe de France, launches the Parisian technician this Saturday at a press conference. It has a particular scent because PSG won it in 2018 (Editor’s note: his second title after 2010). We are keen to bring back a title. It’s a great goal after the frustration of the championship. “Second three points behind OL, champion for the 14th time, at the time of the end of the season, Paris wants to prove its ability to compete with the Rhone rival.
“It’s quite exceptional what Bordeaux is doing”
But this trip to Bordeaux promises to be filled with “uncertainties”, recognizes Echouafni. Even if he ensures that the players are “ready, physically and psychologically”, the coach knows that it will be the first official match for nearly five months. The former defensive midfielder also recalls the qualities of the opponent from Gironde, third in D1 this season.
“It’s quite exceptional what Bordeaux is doing. The team is part of the top 5 by its workforce, its individualities, its coach who advocates the game. It has practically only internationals. It has strong ambitions, ”explains Echouafni. “Bordeaux are a very good team,” adds midfielder Grace Geyoro. It will take a lot of concentration, play our game and score on the few chances we have. “
For this challenge, PSG can count on a whole group. Echouafni will only do without recruits who have already played the Coupe de France in another club, such as Bénédicte Simon, who arrived from Reims: “We don’t want to take any risks. The rules are not very clear regarding the qualified players. “Opposite, Paris could also find Eve Périsset, the side left for Bordeaux after four years in the capital. “It’s special, admits Geyoro. But she knows all the good that I think of her. There is a lot of respect. “
One thing is certain: the Parisian staff will closely observe the performance of the Parisiennes. Leonardo, sporting director, was once again present this week in training. “Leo is someone who is very close to the staff, to the group, who regularly come to see us. It is important to him to show that the PSG institution is present. It’s a good thing, ”says Echouafni. “He made us understand that he was counting on us,” says Geyoro. It’s up to us to make a return. We must bring back titles. The trophy hunt begins this Sunday.