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PSG play Toulouse for place in League Cup final

25 January 2016, 19:18

Paris - Paris Saint-Germain continue their quest for a domestic treble on Wednesday when they meet Toulouse for the third time in just eleven days.

Having already knocked Dominique Arribage's men out of the French Cup and beaten them in the league in the last fortnight, PSG will be looking to complete a quick-fire hat-trick of wins in their League Cup semi-final at the Parc des Princes.

Laurent Blanc's side are going for a third successive League Cup success and with the league title all but sealed already, they can afford to focus on the three cup competitions.

Also read: PSG's total dominance removes any drama from French league

Blanc opted to make a host of changes for the quarter-final victory over Lyon earlier this month, although it is likely that goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu will miss out on a start this time with doubt still surrounding his future.

Edinson Cavani has lost his place in the starting line-up in recent weeks to Lucas Moura, but will probably get a chance to showcase his talents in this tournament.

The capital city outfit will be expected to have little trouble in seeing off Toulouse, who are firmly stuck in the relegation zone after suffering a 4-0 thrashing at Monaco on Sunday.

PSG dished out a hammering of their own on Saturday as they put five past Angers, with Angel di Maria taking plenty of the plaudits for an excellent brace.

The champions elect are 21 points clear in the French top flight with only 16 games remaining, although hopes of a quadruple still appear overly optimistic given the calibre of the teams left in the Champions League knock-out stages.

PSG will take on Chelsea in the last 16 of that competition, but for now it is all about the League Cup and improving their record haul of five titles since the inaugural edition in 1994-95.

The first semi-final tie though is on Tuesday in Lille when three-time winners Bordeaux make the trip to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Willy Sagnol's team are unbeaten in 11 matches in all competitions after a late show rescued an unlikely point against Nantes at the weekend.

Lille on the other hand have seen their recent resurgence under new coach Frederic Antonetti stutter. They were dumped out of the French Cup by fourth-tier Trelissac and suffered the ignominy of becoming the first team to lose to Troyes in the league this term.

There have been rumours of disharmony in the Lille squad, but Florent Balmont played down the claims.

The midfielder said: "For me the group gets on well even if sometimes there are sparks.

"Obviously we don't always eat together as there is a generation difference. But there is mutual respect."

Despite their two goals in the final seven minutes, Saturday evening also produced a setback for Bordeaux as goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso picked up a knee injury and will be out until next season.

Manager Sagnol has confirmed that back-up stopper Jerome Prior will take his place in goal for the rest of the campaign.

French League Cup semi-finals (all times GMT)

Tuesday (20:00) Lille vs Bordeaux

Wednesday (20:00) Paris Saint Germain vs Toulouse



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