Through Guillaume Laurens
This is one of the posters of these 16are final of the French Cup ! Only three of the 16 matches on the program this weekend oppose two Ligue 1 clubs. On Saturday January 21, 2023, the Toulouse Football Club find AC Ajaccio, his great rival from last season… in Ligue 2! During the previous turn, in 32are final, the Violets had moved to Lannion (Côtes-d’Armor) and had made short work of the National 3 club (1-7 in the end!), But against the Corsicans, it will necessarily be a another pair of sleeves.
The big rival of last season in Ligue 2
Last season, when the Violets flew over the Ligue 2 championship, the two clubs met on the last day. And Ajaccio had offered its ticket to the elite, after a precious victory (1-0) on his lawn, against the champion… Toulouse!
Already opposed on 1er last january
Both promoted, the two teams found themselves in Ligue 1, the 1er last January at the Stadium, during the 17e daytime. A poster that turned to the advantage of Toulouse, who easily beat the Ajacciens (2-0, despite two goals disallowed). But for this second opposition in three weeks, the band at Philippe Montanier should not rest on its laurels. The coach himself announced it: we will have to be wary!
“I always have the feeling that it’s a separate competition. Last year, we had a double confrontation with Nîmes, we had seen that the two matches had been completely different, whereas they were both same teams, with different line-ups. So I really think it will be a different game, and we shouldn’t get stuck on the league game.”
Ajaccio will try to recover their health in the Cup
AC Ajaccio remains on two defeats in Ligue 1 and a terrible 7-1 conceded in Monaco. Adrift in the league, the Corsicans (18e and relegation) will necessarily try to regain health sectional.
For their part, the Violets, who had started 2023 with a bang (three wins in three games to start the year), scored a halt last Saturday at the Stadium, conceding a draw against Brest (Finistère) at the Stadium. After the black series of 2022, will they be able to continue with a 5e game in a row without defeat?
In terms of statistics, the history of confrontations is clearly on the side of Téfécé. Since 1999, the two clubs have faced each other 27 times. Balance sheet: 16 wins for Toulouse, 6 for Ajaccio and 5 draws.
A 3rd opposition between the two teams at the beginning of May
The TFC and the ACA will meet no matter what happens on Saturday for a third poster this season: the return match of Ligue 1. Ajaccio will host Toulouse on behalf of the 34th day, on May 5, on the island of Beauty . Hoping that by then, the Violets have protected themselves from relegation!
Practical information :
Toulouse – AC Ajaccio
16are French Cup final
Saturday January 21, 2023 at 6 p.m. at the Toulouse Stadium
Live on beIN Sports max 4, and in multiplex on beIN Sports 1
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