Football: PSG continue bid for total domestic dominance

Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal during the French Cup semi-final match against Lorient (FCL), on April 19, 2016.
Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal during the French Cup semi-final match against Lorient (FCL), on April 19, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

(AFP) - Paris Saint-Germain face an in-form Lille side in the French League Cup final at the Stade de France on Saturday, as they look to complete part three of a possible domestic clean sweep of titles.

Laurent Blanc's side are on track to repeat their haul of last season when they won the French Cup and League Cup, the Ligue 1 title, as well as the season-opening Champions Trophy.

The capital city club's main aim this term was to conquer Europe, only to be beaten by Manchester City as they bowed out at the quarter-final stage for the fourth year in a row.

But after wrapping up the Ligue 1 title in record time, PSG are just two wins away from successfully defending their Cup trophies, after setting up a mouth-watering French Cup final against arch rivals Marseille by beating Lorient on Tuesday.

Talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbed the winner in the 75th minute with his 42nd goal of a fantastic farewell season.

The rest of the campaign still appears full of possibilities for the league champions, but Blanc is under pressure to at least match the feats of 12 months ago.

The French coach is still sweating on the fitness of key midfielder Marco Verratti, who has been out since Feb 20 with a groin problem, for the Lille clash, while David Luiz may miss out with an ankle injury.

Luiz's absence would mean that Marquinhos partners captain Thiago Silva in central defence, as he did in the European exit to Man City.

Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu looks set to leave the club at the end of the season after being replaced as No. 1 by German Kevin Trapp, but he could still make an indelible mark with his last two matches likely to be the two cup finals.

PSG are on course for a third successive French League Cup and are the record five-time winners of the competition, while Lille have never lifted the trophy and will be playing in the final for the first time.