This is surely a momentous campaign for the Ligue 1 champions. Paris Saint-Germain achieved a unique domestic quadruple when they beat Ligue 2 side AJ Auxerre 1-0 in the French Cup final. EdinsonCavani scored after 65 minute to secure the cup, which the club has added to their Ligue 1, Champions Trophy and League Cup triumphs. The only failure in an otherwise dominant season for PSG was the Champions League, where the ambitious club fell short once more, after again going out to Barcelona – this season’s finalist – in the quarterfinals.
It was the capital club’s ninth French Cup title and moves them within one of the record held by bitter rivals Olympique de Marseille. Coupe de France followed Paris Saint-Germain’s successes in retaining the Ligue 1 title, the Coupe de la Ligue and the pre-season Trophee des Champions, making them the first team ever to win all four trophies in the same season.
PSG rounded off their season in a memorable fashion with their first French Cup since 2010 but it wasn’t as easy as expected for one of the richest clubs in world football.
“We had a great, great season. What we managed to do is unique. We play at PSG to live such moments,” midfielder Blaise Matuidi said. “We may have some regrets from the Champions League but we lost to Barcelona. It’s also important to pay proper tribute to Auxerre who played a good game and caused us some trouble,” the French international added.
Auxerre, a four-time French Cup winner, started strongly and forced the first two corners of the game. Auxerre started brightly and, after PSG defender David Luiz made a careless mistake, forced the first corner of the game. PSG’s first clear chance came five minutes from the interval when Thiago Motta’s fierce strike smashed against the post. The French champions finally broke through 20 minutes into the second half when Cavani nodded Gregory van der Wiel’s cross past Donovan Leon.
Blanc decided to pick Brazil centre back Thiago Silva, who had been doubtful with a thigh injury, but his players were not at their best and ZlatanIbrahimovic was out of sorts as well. Laurent Blanc’s side have shown themselves to be a step ahead of all their home rivals in 2014-2015 but Auxerre held their ground against the capital giants as they marched towards a clean sweep of domestic honours.
“We won the rest of the trophies. No other team has done this and I am very proud of the team,” PSG’s top scorer ZlatanIbrahimovic said. “I want some more trophies, trust me.”