Who will have the opportunity to welcome Quevilly (National) this Saturday with a place in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France?
One thing is certain, it will be one of two Ile-de-France national teams, Créteil or the Red Star.
The two clubs face each other this Tuesday (2 p.m.) at the Duvauchelle stadium in a late match of the 8th round with the hope of continuing the adventure in this 104th new-look edition of the Old Lady.
Last October, the Red Star won (1-0) in the league.
Winners (1-0) of FC Bobigny 93 (N2) last Saturday in the 7th round, the Audoniens will play their 4th meeting in… 11 days!
And they will replay every 3 days until February 26 (in the championship at Concarneau).
"The pace is very important and the championship remains the priority, but we want to win this Coupe de France match," announces Vincent Bordot, the Audonien coach.
It is impossible to align the same team systematically every 3 days.
I am obliged to run.
Sixteenth finalist last year (beaten 2-1 by Nice), The Red Star should therefore present a very reorganized formation compared to that victorious of Bobigny at the last minute.
“Victories generate confidence,” adds Bordot, whose team is third in the National.
We are expecting a very difficult game against Créteil who is capable of scoring goals.
Unlike the Red Star, the Val-de-Marne team has not played since February 6 because its two league games last week against Saint-Brieuc and SC Lyon have been postponed.
But in the event of qualification, Créteil will play 4 matches in… 12 days.
"We respect the test so we will try to put the best possible team, but I do not control the consequences that this can have at the physiological level for the players, said Richard Déziré, the coach of val-de-marnais.
We don't have a squad as large as our opponent.
We also have to face a very complicated schedule.
Even if we are well placed in the championship (7th at 4 lengths from 3rd and jump-off), I am looking especially downwards because we have only 6 points ahead of the first relegation, Bourg-en-Bresse ”.
If the Cristoliens dictate their Red Star law, they will find the 32nd final of the event for the first time in 9 years.
That year, they were eliminated after the penalty shootout (3-4, 2-2 after) by the Girondins de Bordeaux.