A royal poster!
The 104th edition of the Coupe de France will end on May 19 in apotheosis by offering a shock, a real one, between PSG and Monaco, two residents of the four-quarter of Ligue 1. It is not trivial. in view of the recent past of an event where the supposed hierarchy is often subject to dispute.
If PSG, Qatar version, has systematically invited itself to the final since 2015, it has often been faced with smaller opponents.
In July 2020, Saint-Etienne had thus ended a season truncated by the pandemic in 17th position. In the spring of 2019, Rennes, executioner of Neymar's partners during the penalty shootout (2-2, 6 tab to 5), had completed his exercise in an anonymous 10th place. The remark is even more valid for Les Herbiers, heroic Petit Poucet from the National brought to reason by Paris a year earlier (2-0). Even the PSG-OM of May 21, 2016 (4-2) was no exception to this recurrence. Its media coverage resulted, above all, from the endemic rivalry of the two clubs.
On the ground, it was, however, an unbalanced confrontation between the Parisian ogre and a Marseille formation where four coaches, not one less, had succeeded in the space of nine months (Bielsa, Passi , Michel then Passi.) The Breton Guingamp-Rennes derby, the epilogue of the 2014 Coupe de France, brought two teams from the second part of the table (16th and 12th) against each other.
Posters from the early 90s
In reality, we have to go back to the 2011 final won by Lille under Rudi Garcia, on the way to the first double in its history, to find such an enticing and balanced duel.
On May 14, 2011, the Mastiffs rejected, then, PSG, 4th in Ligue 1, thanks to a late goal from Ludovic Obraniak (89th).
Presented as the paradise of Cinderella, the doyenne of the tests has also often highlighted the sans-rank.
Swept Thursday by Monaco (5-1), fans of Rumilly Vallières were on the verge of joining Calais 2000, the only level 4 club to have invited themselves to the final.
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Looking back, we clearly identify the end of the 80s, then the beginning of the following decade as the golden age of a competition appreciated by top names. In 1989, the final opposed OM (1st in D1) to Monaco (3rd). In 1991, the two southern rivals, respectively 1st and 2nd in the elite, settled a question of supremacy on the lawn of the Parc des Princes (0-1). In 1993, finally, Paris, runner-up to OM in the league (the title had not been awarded because of the VA-OM affair), outclassed the Nantes of Jean-Claude Suaudeau (3-0).