Having already lost one Cup final this month, Lyon are hoping to get their hands on the French Cup by beating third-tier outsiders Quevilly in Saturday’s showpiece at the Stade de France.
Lyon have not won a trophy since lifting the French Cup for the fourth time by beating Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade de France in 2008 but, as well as ending their silverware drought, Remi Garde’s team will also be eager to erase the memory of their most recent visit to France’s national stadium.
Just two weeks ago in the League Cup final against Marseille, Lyon never got going and lost 1-0 after extra time to a side who have otherwise not won a game in three months.
There was a sense of anti-climax about both Lyon’s performance in that game, and about the occasion as a whole.
But, given the choice, Lyon would surely rather win the national knockout competition.
Especially as it would be difficult to ever recover from the humiliation of losing to amateur opponents whose annual budget, in comparison, is 79 times smaller, not to mention less than a third of the annual salary of OL midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.
“Personally, I am not considering the prospect of losing,” says Gourcuff’s teammate Maxime Gonalons.
“We would be ridiculed if we lost. We have one objective, and that is to win.”
This will be Lyon’s 53rd match of an exhausting season, and consistency has been a problem throughout, with their League Cup final reverse being followed by a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Toulouse that effectively ended their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
However, they showed great fighting spirit to come from two goals down and beat Lorient 3-2 last weekend.
“We are finding things difficult at the moment but we are trying to find solutions for Saturday because this final is very
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