PSG ready to bounce back after Cup defeat
Guingamp, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Defending Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday when the club faces Guingamp at the Stade du Roudourou.
Les Parisiens have been in fine form in league play this season as they sit atop the league with 50 points. But they suffered a setback on Wednesday following a shock 2-1 defeat to Montpellier at the Parc des Princes in the French Cup.
Former PSG man Siaka Tiene set Montpellier's first goal in motion as his free kick on 20 minutes found the head of Daniel Congre and the ball snuck through goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez.
Edinson Cavani put the hosts back on level terms 10 minutes later, but Victor Montano struck for the winner in the 69th minute, putting an end to an impressive 32-match home unbeaten streak.
"In the first half, we can have some real regrets, both in attack and in defense. In terms of how we played, there's not really too much to say about the players, but this is the Cup and Montpellier believed in themselves right to the end," PSG manager Laurent Blanc said. "Conceding two goals from set pieces is always avoidable, but we should have already killed the game off. It's a disappointment but not a disaster. We didn't do what we had to do and we were punished by a Montpellier that made the most of their opportunities."
"It's a disappointment because I think we had chances to win tonight," defender Lucas Digne added. "We had a lot of scoring chances, but we didn't take them so it's a shame. Now we have to concentrate on the championship, starting this Saturday against Guingamp. Obviously everyone is very frustrated after this elimination."
Guingamp has struggled in league play this season and enter the match riding a six-game winless run. But the club will be buoyed by a good performance on Wednesday in a 3-2 win over Concarneau in the French Cup.
Also in France on Saturday, bottom-of-the-table Ajaccio will be in desperate need of three points when the club faces fellow relegation battlers Sochaux, while Montpellier will aim to build on its Cup win over PSG when it hosts Nice at the Stade de la Mosson.
Nantes welcomes Reims to the Stade de la Beaujoire, Toulouse hosts Bastia and Saturday's slate closes with Valenciennes hosting Lorient.
On Sunday, AS Monaco will aim for a three-point effort against Marseille to keep pace with PSG, but the principality club will be significantly shorthanded as star striker Radamel Falcao is out for the remainder of the season and is in danger of missing the World Cup after suffering a torn ACL in his knee during Wednesday's match against Monts d'Or Azergues.
Also on Sunday, Bordeaux hosts St Etienne at the Stade Chaban-Delmas, while Lyon will battle Evian at the Stade de Gerland.
On Friday, Salomon Kalou and Abdoulaye Doucoure traded first-half goals as Lille and Rennes played to a 1-1 draw at the Grand Stade Lille Metropole.
01/24 16:29:58 ET