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  • April 19, 2014
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Stade de France, Paris
  • Referee: S. Lannoy
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Coupe de la Ligue Preview: Olympique Lyonnais - Paris Saint-Germain

Coupe de la Ligue Preview: Olympique Lyonnais - Paris Saint-Germain

The capital club will be desperate to pick up a trophy at the Stade de France after being hammered over Champions League elimination at the hands of Chelsea.

Laurent Blanc will try to ease some of the pressure on him when Paris Saint-Germain faces Olympique Lyonnais in the Coupe de la Ligue final.

The PSG coach's position at the Parc des Princes has been the subject of speculation following the capital club's exit from the Champions League at the hands of Chelsea.

The Ligue 1 leader lost 2-0 in the second leg at Stamford Bridge as its English opponent progressed on away goals after leveling the tie at 3-3.

PSG followed up that disappointment with a listless performance at Lyon's Stade de Gerland last weekend, slumping to a 1-0 loss that cut the advantage at the top of Ligue 1 to 10 points.

Blanc's men should still be able to secure a second straight French title despite that reverse, but those recent defeats have led to reports that the former France coach could be relieved of his duties.

However, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has refuted those rumors, stressing that Blanc has his "full support".

However, defeat in Saturday's showpiece at Stade de France will only increase the speculation surrounding Blanc's future, and it is Lyon which perhaps holds the psychological advantage going into the game following its surprise league win.

PSG will undoubtedly be the favorite for the clash as the club seeks to secure a second trophy of the campaign after winning the Trophee des Champions back in August and take another step towards a domestic treble.

"We have to try and bounce back together," goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu told PSG's official website. "We will keep working calmly and confidently to prepare for the cup final."

Success for Remi Garde's team would secure Lyon's first Coupe de la Ligue title since 2001, when the club overcame Monaco 2-1 in the final.

Lyon came close to winning the competition for a second time in 2012, only to suffer an agonizing 1-0 loss in extra time against Marseille.

Injuries could derail the team's hopes of atoning for that disappointment, with a number of key players unlikely to be involved in the encounter.

Midfielders Clement Grenier (groin) and Yoann Gourcuff (ankle) are both set to miss out, while Gueida Fofana (groin) is still struggling with an injury that has kept him out of the side for a month.

Jordan Ferri - scorer of the winning goal in last weekend's win for Lyon - will likely be asked to control matters in the midfield in the absence of that trio.

Meanwhile, PSG's top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still sidelined with a hamstring problem, placing the spotlight firmly on striker Edinson Cavani to deliver a fourth Coupe de la Ligue crown for the club.

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