PSG under pressure to keep run

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

Laurent Blanc's side are on track, and under pressure, 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 retaining their Cup trophies, after setting up a mouth-watering French Cup final against Marseille by beating Lorient on Tuesday.

PSG are going 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 their first final.

"We are nothing but outsiders for this final. PSG have so many great players," Lille midfielder Florent Balmont told sports daily L'Equipe. "We must play the perfect match, and we have nothing to lose."

PSG midfielder Benjamin Stambouli is taking nothing for granted. He said: "We know it won't be a simple match. Lille are a very good team who defend well and have a lot of talent going forward. We'll need to be wary".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 23, 2016, with the headline 'PSG under pressure to keep run'. Print Edition | Subscribe