When it comes to domestic cup competitions, the Coupe de France is the most prestigious and on Monday, Paris Saint-Germain learned who their opponent will be in the Round of 64.
We will face Linas-Montlhéry (R1) in the round of 64 of the #CDF
📅 Match will be on January 4, 5 or 6, 2020 pic.twitter.com/IVMgh2EYPY
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) December 9, 2019
If you’re not familiar with ESA Linas-Montlhéry don’t feel bad. They’re an amateur side from the District of Essonne and they play in Regional 1, the 6th division of French football (currently in first place, too).
To say this matchup is one-sided is a bit of an understatement.
The lopsided affair hasn’t dampened the spirits of PSG’s opponents. On the contrary, they are ecstatic to be taking on the reigning French champions.
As reported by Le Parisien, the manager of Linas-Montlhéry, Stéphane Cabrelli, is a PSG supporter and was even in Madrid for the club’s 2-2 draw against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.
“It’s a dream draw, it’s going to be hard to sleep,” Cabrelli said.
The players are equally as thrilled with the opportunity to compete against some of the best footballers in the world or at the very least, come away with a souvenir.
“I had prayed for God to fall on PSG,” striker Pascal Leno said. “It’s fantastic! It’s a game we will not forget and that will help us fight even harder to succeed…I will be able to see Neymar closely, I hope to have his shorts or his jersey.”
The location of the match and date is still yet to be determined. Linas-Montlhéry stated that he would like the match to be played in Bondoufle but a trip to the Parc des Princes for these players would likely be more exciting.
Paris Saint-Germain won four consecutive Coupe de France titles before falling to Stade Rennais in penalty kicks last season. Les Parisiens will clearly be the favorites against Linas-Montlhéry but with a match date set for January 5, it’s another fixture to add to an already busy schedule after the start of the new year.
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