League 1 arrived, Paris chased the ball

More than a century old, the oldest of the French football competitions relives its seemingly unbalanced duels, sometimes brutal for the “Petits Pouches” with big dreams, but also at the beginning of incredibly happy endings for the fancier world.

Last season, the “magic” of the Cup worked in FC Versailles 78, then National 2 (equal to 4).e division), especially by defeating Toulouse, advanced to the semi-finals.

Marseille against Mourad Boudjellal’s club

La Berrichonne de Châteauroux, not with 14 at beste National place, I want to emulate the Yvelinois course. Although it looks like a cliff against the Parisian giant, he is probably determined to bounce back after his first defeat of the season in Lens (3-1).

However, there may be something to play for against a capital club that lacks many stars: Marco Verratti is suspended, Lionel Messi, who just returned from Argentina, will not play, Achraf Hakimi and Kylian Mbappe are out. Neymar, who suffered an ankle injury during the World Cup, will survive.

“There are some who didn’t participate for X reasons, but we’ll have a very competitive team tomorrow,” coach Christophe Gaultier said Thursday, promising playing time for “certain youngsters.”

I would obviously like to meet the biggest one. I was a little disappointed that not everyone was there for the fans who came to see this great team.

Maxence Flachez, Châteauroux coach

A new disappointment will raise the temperature in PSG, who were surprised by Nice (0-0, 6-5 pen) in the round of 16 last year.

Finalists of the previous edition, the Riviera club begin their new campaign against National 1 residents Le Pou in Auvergne on Saturday (18:00). On the same day, at the same time, champions Nantes will face AF Virois in Normandy. , representative of the fifth division (N3). The match will be played at the Michel-d’Ornano stadium, usually occupied by Caen, which was ruled out for having a suspended player sent off against Vire in the previous round.

The Coupe de France was a bonus. If we could reach the round of 32 and play the game at the Mayol Stadium, it was as if we had won this French Cup. Now we’ve lost it, it’s over. The party was ruined

Murad Boudjellal

the aim is simply to take less than 10 goals, as double figures would be a shame. But we were disrespected! All I can say is that OM has nothing to worry about. Everything will be fine for them in this game

The program of the 32nd final

Friday January 6


Strasbourg (M1) – Angers (M1)
Paris FC (M2) – Valenciennes (M2)
Pau (2) – Montpellier (L1)
Grenoble (L2) – Nimes (L2)


Chateauroux (Nat) – Paris SG (L1)

Saturday, January 7

Evreux (N2) – SC Bastia (L2)
RC Grasse (N2) – La Tamponnaise

ESA Linas-Montlhéry (N3) – Lens (L1)
Olympique Strasbourg (R1) – Clermont (L1)
Lyon (1) – Metz (M2)
Avranches (Nat) – Brest (L1)
Marseille (1) – Hyeres (N2)

Vire (N3) – Nantes (L1)

Thaon (N3) – Amiens (L2)
Villerup Thil (R1) – Annecy (Nat)
USA Granvillaise (N2) – Niort (L2)
Plabennécois Stadium (N3) – Vannes (N2)
Le Puy (N2) – Nice (L1)
Monaco (1) – Rodez (2)

Bordeaux (2) – Rennes (1)

Sunday, January 8

Belfort (N2) – St Quentin (N2)
Loon Plage (R1) – Reims (L1)
Chamalières (N2) – Bourges Foot 18 (N2)
Chestnut (R1) – Lorient (L1)
South Jura (N2) – AC Ajaccio (M1)

Reims Sainte-Anne (N3) – Pays de Cassel US (R1)

Oats (N3) – Vierzon Leg (N2)
Dunkirk (Nat) – Auxerre (L1)
Stade Pontivyen (R1) – Les Herbiers (N2)
Lannion (N3) – Toulouse (L1)
Aubagne FC (N2) – Chambery SF (N3)

Lille (M1) – Troyes (M1)

At the same time, Lyon will be on their side looking for fresh air in front of Metz (L2), their most ardent supporters recently transferred to the American flag rail against the weak dynamics of the club.
In a joint statement on Wednesday, the two main groups condemned the “parade of arbitrary, characterless, soulless boys wallowing in grandstanding” as “a starting point for future action”.

The weekend will conclude with an L1 duel against Troyes in Lille on Sunday (8:45 p.m.).

Draw on Sunday night

Before the meeting at 20:00 on beIN Sports, the draw for the 1/16 finals will be made. It will be performed by the international striker of “Les Bleues”, the player of Paris FC Clara Matéo and the former international handball goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer.

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