For Les Parisiens, it has truly been an excellent season. Although PSG were again disappointed in Europe, they nonetheless swept aside the competition domestically. Yet, despite this game being a moot point, Laurent Blanc will still expect a better performance from his side than the one shown midweek.
On Wednesday, PSG were held to a 1-1 draw with Bordeaux. Next up will be a Coupe de France final against Olympique de Marseille at the Stade de France. Now, given that this trophy is Marseille’s only chance at winning something, one can certainly bet they will be giving it their all on May 21st. PSG are aiming not just to defend this crown, but also to make it trophy number ten.
So, with that in mind, Blanc will likely field a pretty solid line-up for the match against Nantes. After all, there is no better way to warm up for a cup final than clinching all three points in the final game of the season. Furthermore, PSG’s home record has been excellent so far, with only one defeat and three draws from their 18 league matches at the Parc des Princes.
Expect Italian international Salvatore Sirigu to start to prepare him for next weekend’s cup final, and both Blaise Matuidi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will likely play some part in order to get them fresh for the big match as well.
As for Nantes, they have only won one of their last six games, but with 48 points, Les Canaris are safely in Ligue 1 for next season. They will also have a new face on the tactician’s bench for the 2016/2017 campaign. Michel Der Zakarian will be making way for Rene Girard.
The visitors will be missing quite a few players, whilst welcoming some back. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, Valentin Rongier and Wilfried Moimbe are all not available for selection, as is Yacine Bammou. The former PSG youngster notably scored when the two sides squared off earlier this season, but will not be able to feature due to injury. However, Oswaldo Vizcarrondo and Lorik Cana will return after a ban and injury respectively.
Will PSG sign off on the 2015/2016 season with a win at home? Or will Nantes shake off their bad from to give their outgoing manager a victory against the reigning champions?
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