Heading into the Coupe de la Ligue Semi Final, Toulouse will be without new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko after he was suspended after the Ligue 1 fixture against Valenciennes FC earlier in the week. Toulouse have not lost to Stade Rennais in their last four matches, coming away with three wins and a draw including a 1-0 victory in the French Cup Final last season.
“We have been performing very well so far this season but our early elimination in the French Cup was incredibly disappointing, especially considering we won the competition last season.” said Toulouse manager Dominique Arribage. “Our elimination from the French Cup will see us concentrate on the Coupe de la Ligue and hopefully we can bring the trophy back to Toulouse for the first time in the history of the club.” he added.
Key Player: Ola Toivonen
Leading Scorer: Admir Mehmedi (11)
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Injuries: Romain Danze, Fallou Diagne, Admir Mehmedi & Steeve Yago
Stade Rennais will go into the French Cup final rematch with Toulouse missing four players through injury. Amongst those four players are leading goalscorer Admir Mehmedi, fellow starter Romain Danze and Steeve Yago who is currently on loan from Toulouse and would be available to play in the match if he was fit due to a clause in the loan contract.
“We have not performed well against Toulouse in recent history, our squad wants nothing more than to set the record straight.” said Stade Rennais manager Philippe Montanier. “We have hit a great streak of form recently and hopefully we can continue it will a victory over Toulouse.” he added.