PARIS: French champions Paris Saint-Germain continue to tick off their remaining league fixtures as they welcome Rennes to the capital tonight, knowing that a win would equal their own Ligue 1 points record.
Laurent Blanc’s men made it three French League Cup triumphs in a row last weekend, despite being reduced to 10 men, thanks to Angel Di Maria’s winner against Lille.
Now they will turn their attention back to the league, where they are 27 points clear at the top of the table with four matches to play.
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PSG have just one game left this season of any real importance, the French Cup final against arch rivals Marseille at the Stade de France on May 21, although they need just four more points to break the Ligue 1 record of 89 that they set in 2013-14.
The only disappointment for the club this season was the Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Manchester City, but Qatari chairman Nasser alKhelaifi quashed speculation about coach Blanc’s future by saying that he would stay at the club next term.
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Rennes have dropped out of the race for Champions League qualification after picking up just one point in their last three matches, although their coach Rolland Courbis still thinks that a top-six finish and a possible Europa League place are within his side’s grasp with three games to go.
“Two wins could be enough to finish sixth, which would be much better than seventh,” added Courbis, whose team sit one point behind sixth-placed Lille. “The minimum target for our last three games against PSG, Montpellier and Bastia is six points.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2016.
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