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Coupe de France: PSG should play its round of 16 on March 17


In the event of qualification against FC Barcelona this Wednesday in its round of 16 second leg of the Champions League, the capital club

PSG's schedule will become denser again next week.

The capital club thought it would benefit from seven days of recovery and preparation before its shock of the 30th day of Ligue 1 against Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday, March 21 (9 p.m.).

But, four days before this crucial meeting in the fight for the title, the Parisians will undoubtedly be called upon to play their round of 16 in the Coupe de France against an opponent who will be known this Monday evening during the draw made after the meeting. Nice-Monaco.

The reason?

In the event of probable qualification against FC Barcelona this Wednesday (1-4 first leg), PSG will play its quarter-final first leg on Tuesday 6 or Wednesday 7 April, on the same dates as the 8th finals of the Coupe de France.

Broadcasters would like evening programming

The only option was then to bring the match forward to the only possible date, March 17, because Mauricio Pochettino's men face FC Nantes three days before and the day after the match against Lyon, the international players will be with their national selection for the last two weeks of March.

The French federation therefore warned PSG last week before its round of 16 in Brest (0-3) that it would advance their round of 16 in the Coupe de France to March 17 in the event of qualification in C1.

The schedule has not yet been set.

The broadcasters (France Television and Eurosport) would like evening programming, but UEFA prohibits matches similar to those of the Champions League.

The 104th edition of the Old Lady, a new look this season with two tables (amateurs and pro before the round of 16) due to the end of the amateur championships since last October, led the FFF to modify its calendar until the final.

The quarter-finals (April 21), the semi-finals (May 12) and the final (May 19) will not collide with the dates of the Champions League.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2021-03-08

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