Guingamp coach speaks of 'magical' Cup win
Guingamp coach Victor Zvunka admitted to feeling "like a child" after seeing his team upset Rennes 2-1 to become the first second division side to win the Coupe de France in 50 years.
The underdogs emerged victorious in last night's all-Brittany final at the Stade de France, Guingamp recovering from going a goal down to claim local bragging rights and secure a place in next season's Europa League.
Zvunka lifted the trophy as a player with Marseille in 1976 but was on the losing side as coach of Chateauroux, who were defeated by Paris St Germain in the 2004 final.
Five years on, he has guided Guingamp to the first major piece of silverware in their history and he could not be more delighted.
"I am happy like a child," he said. "The cup really is something magical.
"It's not easy as a Ligue 2 side coming up against a Ligue 1 side. But my experience with Chateauroux served me well.
"And I had my strongest team out there. I knew that we could hold out for 90 or 120 minutes, it wasn't a problem."
Zvunka had put a sign up in the dressing room before kick-off showing the figure 50, a reference to the number of years since a Ligue 2 side won the competition. In 1959, Le Havre beat Sochaux after a replay.
He felt his players deserved to take their place in the history books.
"We have gone through all the emotions in this competition," said Zvunka, whose side eliminated Ligue 1 outfits Le Mans and Toulouse on their way to the final.
"We knew we could do it. After going a goal down, my players showed their true character.
"We had already had chances to open the scoring - in terms of chances, it was an even game."
Carlos Bocanegra put Rennes ahead in the 69th minute but Eduardo capitalised on a defensive mistake by Petter Hansson to level the scores two minutes later.
The highly-rated Brazilian striker then grabbed his second of the night, and what proved to be the winner, in the 83rd minute when he ran on to Lionel Mathis' pass and drilled home an excellent finish.
"Eduardo is a great player and in the big matches, the major players make the difference," Zvunka added.
Rennes coach Guy Lacombe did not go up to collect his runners-up medal after the game because he was "terribly disappointed" with the outcome.
He felt his side only had themselves to blame for losing the match.
"It's hard to explain," said the former Guingamp boss.
"Things that happened out there shouldn't happen in a final."
Lacombe did give credit to Guingamp, adding: "They played well and have had a great run.
"I was wary of them and I thought my players produced a good display. It's a shame about these mistakes for the (first) goal."