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PSG must be focused from start - Silva

2nd April 2019, 13:47 by Andy Schooler

Paris Saint-Germain bid for a place in the Coupe de France final on Wednesday and Thiago Silva says there must be no slip-up this time.

The Brazilian defender remembers all too well PSG's Coupe de la Ligue defeat at home to Guingamp in January and has urged his team-mates not to make the same mistakes.

Ahead of Wednesday's tie, he told the club's official website: "We must look at everything we did during this season, the positive and negative things.

"The Coupe de la Ligue match against Guingamp was a different game from all the others. We now have the opportunity to arrive in the Coupe de France final. It's very important for us. It's a special competition, it's important to win for the club.

"We must be focused right from the start of the match. The little details will make the difference."

Julian Draxler and Dani Alves could return having missed recent games with hamstring and knee injuries respectively.

Meanwhile, Nantes boss Vahid Halilhodzic says it would be the "feat of the year" for his side to win in the Parc des Princes.

He said: "They will be much more motivated than in a league match, where they are sure to be champions. Of course, I keep hope and everything is possible to try to do the feat of the year. It would be a very nice reward for all the frustration and things experienced off the field."

The latter comment is a nod to former striker Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash in January.

Midfielder Rene Krhin misses the semi-final due to injury but forward Majeed Waris is back in the squad having missed the last four games.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Andy Schooler

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