Nantes forward, Moses Simon will be gunning for the French Cup on Saturday against OGC Nice.
Moses Simon was the hero of the night when Nantes’ defeated Monaco in the semifinal to qualify for the Final. He converts the last penalty to knock out Monaco.
The last time Nantes played in the final of the Coupe De France was 22 years ago, defeating Calais by 2-1 to lift the trophy.
OGC Nice on their road to the final, have made memorable victories, none more significant than their penalty shootout triumph over PSG in the last 16.
Nice come into this final as favourites, with a burning itch to win the Trophy. The last time they won silverware was when they won this competition 25 years ago.
Both Nantes and OGC Nice are looking to extend their Coupe de France trophies. They both have three Coupe de France trophies and victory will take either side to four triumphs.
Former Bayern Munich defender and now OGC Nice captain, Dante, speaking to L’Equipe before the game said : “At Bayern, you know you’ll have other finals in the seasons afterwards. At Nice, we work towards them every year but we don’t know when the next will be.”
The 38-year-old Brazilian defender who won the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal Cup, Champions League and Super Cup with Bayern Munich, believes he still knows how to win.
“That will never change. You prepare for it all week, and it’s not just about being vigilant in terms of tactics. You have to manage the stress and the emotions. It’s very important to think about the way that you’ll be calm during the match.” He concluded.
A win for Nantes could see them qualify for European competition but manager, Antoine Kombouaré, is hoping they won’t be carried away by the thought of using it as passage for European competition next season.
“We need to play down the significance of the occasion as much as possible,” Kombouare told the press.
“This is a final, it’s an exceptional moment but what are we risking? We are safe in Ligue 1, and the best-case scenario is that we win and have a party.’’