Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Thiago Silva invites Les Herbiers skipper to lift Coupe de France trophy

Thiago Silva invites Les Herbiers skipper to lift Coupe de France trophy

The opposition standing in PSG's way for their fourth Coupe de France since 2011 has, in stark contrast, never been higher than the French third-tier and hold an annual budget of €2m (R29m), which effectively covers Neymar's wages for a grand total of 16 days.

Neymar has returned to the French capital after two months out with a foot injury and has completed gym work as he builds up his fitness levels.

As expected, Parisian juggernauts PSG ended Les Herbiers' incredible French Cup fairytale on Tuesday night, with the Ligue 1 side defeating their third-tier opponents via a modest 2-0 scoreline.

But Emery confirmed the final is too soon for the Brazilian to make his comeback to action, with Marco Verratti also ruled out of the clash. "He will be there to support us tomorrow at the Stade de France and I think he'll be happy", Silva told reporters at a press conference on Monday ahead of the game.

PSG have now won the Coupe de France four times in succession and a record 12 overall.

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"He is fully motivated but sad that he can't train with us".

Now, as they prepare to face top-flight heavyweights in the form of the Ligue 1 champions, the burning question is: can they can pull off one of the biggest upset's in world football tonight?

They sold roughly 15,000 tickets for the final - which is approximately the population of Les Herbiers - and those supporters nearly had a dream start.

"Everyone wants to play this final in a full stadium".

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