Due to the qualification of the Parisians for the quarter-finals of the Champions League, the eighth-final of the Coupe de France between PSG and Lille has been brought forward to March 17 at 2 p.m. An unusual schedule which does not please at all to Lille coach Christophe Galtier and which can be explained by the choice of the main broadcaster, France 3.
“Do the broadcasters really want us to field two reserve teams next Wednesday?” What if Christophe Galtier’s threat had to be taken seriously? In any case, the decision of the FFF to schedule the 8th finals of the Coupe de France Lille-PSG on Wednesday March 17 at 2 p.m. does not go to the side of the Losc coach at all. “It’s ridiculous” dropped the technician in the columns of L’Equipe.
So why this day and especially this unusual time? Regarding the date of March 17, it was brought forward by three weeks due to the qualification of the Parisians for the quarter-finals of the Champions League obtained Wednesday night at the expense of Barça. The other matches will take place on April 7 and 8, dates of C1 quarters. The schedule of the two teams, especially PSG, is already very busy, the date of March 17 has been validated by the FFF.
“More beautiful life” rather than PSG-Lille
Regarding the unusual kick-off schedule which will be given at 2 p.m. at the Parc des Princes, it is the consequence of the choice of France 3, co-broadcaster and which has the first choice in each round. The prime-time box was not available because UEFA prohibits any domestic meeting at the same time as a C1 match (Bayern-Lazio and Chelsea-Atlético will take place on Wednesday at 9 p.m. live on RMC Sport).
The public service channel could have programmed the poster at the end of the afternoon or at 7 p.m., like the late Ligue 1 OM-Rennes match broadcast Wednesday on Canal +. Except that France 3 did not wish to deprogram its programs in these time slots, indicates L’Equipe. She preferred to maintain her newspaper “19/20”, her soap opera “Plus belle la vie” and her games in the late afternoon rather than broadcast PSG-Lille. It is finally the Rex series, scheduled at 1:55 p.m., which will fall by the wayside on Wednesday at nap time.
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