Thirty-four years after lifting their only trophy, SC Bastia are in the French League Cup final with captain Sébastian Squillaci eager to end the wait after seeing off AS Monaco FC.
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SC Bastia's Sébastien Squillaci and Ghislain Printant were delighted after the Corsican team saw off AS Monaco FC 7-6 on penalties on Wednesday night to set up a French League Cup final against Paris Saint-Germain as the club chase their second-ever piece of silverware.
Spot kicks were needed after 120 goalless minutes at the Stade Louis II and it was Squillaci who struck the decisive winner against his old side. That put the Blues into the final of the competition – on 11 April – for the second time, the first having ended with defeat by Paris in 1995.
However, Bastia's 4-2 Ligue 1 home win against the French champions on 10 January will leave Printant's men confident of doubling the club's trophy tally, their previous national honour coming with the 1981 French Cup.
Sébastien Squillaci, Bastia defender and captain
We produced a good display. We deserved it because of our unity. We got a few chances to end the contest but failed to take them. Shoot-outs are always a heartbreak, but it went for us tonight. It's good.
We have time to prepare for the final. We are happy to go to the Stade de France, to take our wonderful fans. A final, you have to win it. We will play a great team, but it is one game. We did it at home in the league. There is no reason why we cannot repeat that.
Ghislain Printant, Bastia coach
It is a great source of pride for the people, for those fans. We proved up to the occasion. We managed to do what we had planned to do against this Monaco team. Finally, I think the more creative team won and deserved to go to the Stade de France. My players surprise me every outing. I'd also spare a thought for my predecessor Claude Makélélé [sacked early November] and his assistant Didier Tholot.
Leonardo Jardim, Monaco coach
We lacked pace and also quality in the final pass. We should have tried harder. Bastia came here for the draw. We had to produce more. We didn't put enough intensity in this game. The players will now recover because we still have many games to play.