PSG does not miss its entry into the Coupe de France. In a particular format this season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, professionals and amateurs are separated until the round of 16. It is therefore against another D1 club that the players of Olivier Echouafni began their journey this Saturday. At Fleury, they won 2-0 thanks to goals from Sara Däbritz on penalty (30th) and Signe Bruun (52nd) after a controlled game.
“I want to say that qualifying was our goal, especially when it’s the Coupe de France, which is close to our hearts, because last season we reached the final and we lost to the penalty shoot-out against Lyon, ”commented Parisian coach Olivier Echouafni after the meeting.
The latter had made some changes in the starting XI. Charlotte Voll started in the goal, giving Christiane Endler a little rest. The Parisian coach, however, had retained a defensive base with the tenure of captain Irene Paredes, Paulina Dudek, Ashley Lawrence or Perle Morroni. The changes were most visible on the offensive line: Jordyn Huitema and Signe Bruun were preferred over Kadidiatou Diani or Marie-Antoinette Katoto.
“Today we were not on easy ground, even unworthy of the D1, but we adapted and we did what was necessary, insisted on Echouafni. We expected a big opposition, it’s been four league games that they haven’t taken goals. We knew it was going to be difficult. We took time, but we also built our qualification and I think this score of 2-0 is the minimum because we created opportunities that could have increased the score in the second half. “
The schedule of Parisiennes is tightening. They will play again in Fleury this Friday in the league this time. The weekend of February 13 will take place the round of 16 of this Coupe de France before a new international truce then the rapid arrival of a decisive shock against OL and the round of 16 of the Champions League.