Monaco defender Andrea Raggi says his side must make Coupe de France final
Monaco defender Andrea Raggi has stressed the importance of his side making the Coupe de France final this season.
Last Updated: 14/04/14 5:02pm
League leaders Paris Saint-Germain were made to wait to celebrate the Ligue 1 title after they were beaten 1-0 by Lyon on Sunday, but they remain 10 points clear of second-placed Monaco, who are turning their attentions to cup success now the league title appears destined for the French capital.
Claudio Ranieri's side face Guingamp, who have slipped to 17th in the overall league standings after a surprisingly strong start to the season following their promotion last year.
However, Raggi expects the semi-final clash on Wednesday to be a tough encounter despite the precarious position of Monaco's opponents, just one place and five points from returning to Ligue 2 next term.
"On Wednesday, it will be a very difficult game but it is a very important match and is anticipated by the whole club," Raggi told his club's official website.
"This is one of our goals (to win the cup) as is securing second place in Ligue 1. Here in France, the cup is a very important trophy. (Monaco midfielder) Mounir Obbadi has talked a lot to me about it.
"For me it is important - I have not won trophies and I want to win."
The other semi-final sees Rennes pitted against Ligue 2 side Angers on Tuesday.
Rennes are 14th in the league standings and have won only two of their last five games.
Rennes coach Philippe Montanier is not taking the lower league opposition lightly, though.
He told the club's official website: "We do not play a team of Ligue 2, but in a semi-final.
"At this stage of the competition, the hierarchy disappears. We saw Lens eliminate Lyon for example.
"It is closer to Ligue 1 (opposition)."