Coupe de France Semi-Final Preview : Angers SCO v EA Guingamp

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It’s the business end of the season and as well as a title race, that also means the prospect of Cup Glory. While many eyes will turn to the other semi-final, PSG v Monaco, as an adjunct to the title race (Monaco still edging that), League Cup (PSG surprisingly comprehensive victors) and relative success in European competition (Monaco definitely edging that), […]

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Europa League Preview : Besiktas v Olympique Lyonnais

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It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for Lyon. First they contrived to lose 4-1 at home to Lorient, who had only just managed to drag themselves off the bottom of the table, with a series of defensive screw-ups, and after an ill-judged-in-retrospect Lions v Fish tweet from Memphis. Then the first leg against Besiktas saw kick-off delayed by 45 […]

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Champions League Preview : AS Monaco v Borussia Dortmund

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After a first leg in which the focus was hardly on football, following a nerve-shattering attack on Dortmund’s team bus, Die Schwarzgelben make the trip to Monaco ready to overcome a 3-2 deficit from the first leg. Like the Ligue 1 leaders, they won at the weekend, but it was far from a stirring performance. Unlike Monaco, however, Dortmund did […]

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Champions League Preview: Borussia Dortmund v Monaco

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“We have an incredible atmosphere here,” warned Dortmund midfielder Raphaël Guerreiro in yesterday’s press conference ahead of a visit from Monaco in the Champions’ League quarterfinal. “There will be a lot of pressure, and they will be surprised.” While it is true that the Westfalenstadion is one of Europe’s most intimidating places to play, the match will more than likely […]

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Coupe de France Quarter-Final : Angers SCO v GD Bordeaux

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While the other quarter-finals involve combinations of minnows and the top two, this rerun of last year’s round of 32 match which Bordeaux won 2-1 should be one of the closer encounters of the round. The league fixtures have been pretty tight, Angers winning 1-0 in Bordeaux in game 5, and getting a 1-1 draw at home, while in the […]

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l’Euphorie Pure: Coupe de France Quarter-Final – Etoile FC Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël v EA Guingamp

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Quarter-final stage of the Coupe de France, possibly the world’s largest cup competition, and two amateur sides are still in it. One is Etoile FC Fréjus-Saint Raphaël, of fourth-tier CFA, who have already made club history but want to make a little bit more. They face En Avant Guingamp, eighth in Ligue 1, and a tricky prospect for teams much […]

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Coupe de France Quarter-Final : AS Monaco v Lille OSC

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So after Saturday night’s limp Coupe de la Ligue final display, questions have finally been raised against high-flying Monaco. Leonardo Jardim takes his side into an immediate test on Tuesday night as they play host to a, whisper it, slowly improving Lille. It came as something of a surprise to see Monaco so comprehensively outplayed as PSG romped to league […]

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Une Logique de Rêves: Coupe de France Quarter-Final – US Avranches v PSG

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The last remaining non-Ligue 1 representative in this year’s Coupe de France has the biggest tie available, as they host moneybags and two-time defending Coupe holders PSG. National side Avranches won the opportunity to test themselves against the best in their first ever Coupe de France quarter final after seeing off Ligue 2 Strasbourg in the last round. Having taken […]

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