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Blanc wary of Lyon focus in League Cup quarters

11 January 2016, 17:13

Paris - Runaway league leaders Paris Saint Germain take on Lyon in the pick of the French League Cup quarter-finals in midweek with coach Laurent Blanc warning of a highly focussed opponent.

With a clean sweep of domestic trophies last season Paris Saint Germain top League 1 by a massive twenty points, so can afford to focus on the League Cup themselves, which they have won in the last two seasons.

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Saint-Etienne handed PSG their last defeat in this tournament, overcoming the Parisians 5-3 on penalties in the 2012-13 quarter-finals, but PSG saw off the Greens 1-0 in the last round.

"You have to work hard in January, the weather conditions may not be great," coach Blanc warned after their latest outing, a 2-0 league win over Bastia.

"There are heavy legs in January but we have big goals for February, March, April and May," said Blanc, whose side are also targeting the Champions League and face Chelsea in the last-16.

Lyon are fourth and inaugurated their new 59,000-seater stadium with a 4-1 victory over bottom side Troyes on Saturday, snapping a six-game winless run in the league.

Lyon's stand-in coach Bruno Genesio applauded the style of play and said the players were as keen as he was to deliver results.

Blanc is tipped to rotate his team and rest 1 top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and instead play mercurial Javier Pastore alongside Edinson Cavani, whose late goal was enough to beat Saint Etienne in the last round of the League Cup.

Bordeaux are undefeated in their last five league outings and thrashed Monaco 3-0 in the last round as they travel to Lorient on Tuesday night in search of the first semi-final spot.

Marseille travel to relegation threatened Toulouse and an away tie may suit their coach Michel who had to sit through chants of "Bielsa! Bielsa!" at the weekend as his injury depleted outfit drew 0-0 at home to Guingamp.

But Michel has overseen 11 straight games without defeat and while Marseille may be mid-table they are also in the running for the French Cup too.

Second bottom outfit Guingamp take on resurgent Lille, who are on a roll and undefeated in their last five league games since Frederic Antonetti took over from Herve Renard as coach.

Playing Tuesday (all times GMT)

Bordeaux v Lorient (2000)

Playing Wednesday

Toulouse v Marseille (1600), Guingamp v Lille (1745), Paris Saint Germain v Lyon (2000)



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