Saturday will be a hectic day at Matmut Atlantique. Hostilities will begin at 3 p.m., with the Ligue 2 match between the Girondins and Saint-Étienne. In the process, the quarter-final of the Women’s French Cup will oppose Bordeaux to Paris, from 5.45 p.m. The opportunity for the Parisiennes, holders of the title, to continue their good series. They had eliminated Dijon in the round of 16 (2-0) at the end of January.
Second to D1 Arkema, PSG is the only team undefeated in the league this season. The daughters of Gérard Prêcheur have also qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. They will host Wolfsburg on March 22 in the first leg. The Parisian coach, present this Friday at a press conference, welcomed the latest performances of his winning team, especially last weekend in Dijon in the league (4-0). “In Dijon, we performed well in the finishing phase. It’s positive, as is the momentum of solidarity at the group level. »
“Find good defensive stability”
The French technician can also benefit from the return of Canadian international Ashley Lawrence. Returning from selection the day before the meeting, she had not been able to face Dijon. “It was impossible to get her to play, the risk of injury was too great. “For her part, Elisa De Almeida “is better, so we will find good defensive stability,” said the coach. The French defender entered at half-time against the Burgundians.
But Gérard Prêcheur will still not be able to count on his left side Sakina Karchaoui. “I discovered the difficulties she has had with her ankle for a long time, even several seasons. She often trained with a strap, which struck me. »
Swedish international Amanda Ilestedt is also unavailable. Like the French left-back, the goal is for her to be back for the European fixtures. “Things are progressing well, the schedule is respected. Everything will be done so that they can come back gradually and be ready for the Champions League”, detailed Gérard Prêcheur.
The top selection
On the Bordeaux side, the results are less convincing. The team is in seventh place in the league standings and has just had a string of three defeats. The club’s coach, Patrice Lair, nevertheless confided his optimism to TV7 after the defeat against Lyon on Sunday (3-0): “We are not going to stay on defeats, we are going to react. I know the group, we have a certain pride, pride. »
The Girondin coach, however, shares a common point with his Parisian counterpart. The two are announced as potential successors to Corinne Deacon, if the latter were, as is likely, to leave the French women’s team. For Gérard Prêcheur, the door is not closed but it is not yet time to think about it. “I have not been contacted, and the first person I would talk to if I had contact would be PSG,” he confided to The Team Friday morning.
Patrice Lair also spoke of his attachment to his club when South West asked him about it on Sunday. “This job, I’ve been talking about it for ten years and I’d be stupid to refuse it. Now, I’m coming to the end of my contract in Bordeaux, where I want to continue, because we’re making progress. “Before thinking about the national selection, the two coaches have an appointment at Matmut Atlantique with the key to a place in the last four.