Guingamp: The cups, trump or brake in the race to preserve - Football365


Posted on February 7, 2019 at 5.35 pm – updated on February 8, 2019 at 1:37 am

Geoffrey Steines

Guingamp is already qualified for the Coupe de la Ligue final and is also involved in the Coupe de France, with its eighth last Thursday against Lyon (21.00). Meanwhile the En Avant drags his sentence to the last place of L1. But he is not going to let go of the game.

This is a debate that will never be solved because there is no truth. When a support club plays a cup match, it is a good idea to ask yourself whether it would be more reasonable to "let go". Keep the holders ahead of other deadlines, more important for the long-term future of the club. To free yourself from the dates in the calendar to focus on the championship matches. Red lantern L1 four points of the first non-relegation, Guingamp is already qualified for the final of the Coupe de la Ligue, March 30 in Lille against Strasbourg. And now he can reach the quarterfinals of the Coupe de France, with a success against Lyon Thursday (21:00). An opportunity that the En Avant would not want to miss, despite the benefits it could find. "We do not separate games", Jocelyn Gourvennec assured during a press conference this Wednesday. At Guingamp, the Coupe de France is more rooted in genes than anywhere else.

Guingamp and the example of 2014

They have won two in the past ten years and have reached the last two times the last four editions. Epics that most often accompanied the search for maintenance in L1. In 2014, when the EAG won the second major title in its history at the expense of Rennes (0-2), he had sailed a little above the red zone during the entire return phase. He had even found 17th and first non-degradation, with two small points for the 18th, four days after the end. But Gourvennec, already at the head of the team, did not regret having led the championship and the cup, very useful to get a team out of confidence and stuck in a spiral of negative results. "It helps the group to have a little self-respect because it does not come from the outside, we only talk about the negative, not about the improvement, which is clear when we talk about our season, you have to be stronger than that On paper the week is scary, with the arrival of Lille Roudourou on Sunday (17:00) after the OL.

Marcus Thuram

Guingamp faced a very difficult week

But of the 9 small victories of Guingamp in all competitions this season, there is one against PSG, another against Rennes and two against Monaco, including one against an ASM new appearance end of the Mercato winter. It is therefore not forbidden to dream for the En Avant. "We get a formidable opponent, who made a big hit on Sunday, with Paris being the biggest team of the championship and also defeating Manchester City in the Champions League, which is going to be a tough game, but afterwards we will have a very important game. against Lille … The best way to prepare it is to show solidarity with Lyon, and if it wants to laugh, there is a qualification at the end, we have more to win than to lose. the blame on coaches in France, not to play the cutbacks thoroughly, if we can show the opposite … "With the hope that a possible exploit will benefit a positive dynamic. "I still tend to say that it gives you a boost," said Gourvennec after qualifying at Parc des Princes. Another Thursday can have this effect. That is why Guingamp can not afford to throw this game out of the window.

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