In their four previous finals, Paris Saint-Germain had won three: the inaugural final in 1995 against Bastia, in 1998 against Bordeaux in a penalty shootout, and a 2-1 win over Lens in 2008. Their one defeat in a final had been in 2000, losing to second-tier Gueugnon. PSG manager Laurent Blanc had won the 2009 final with Bordeaux.
The two teams met in the league six days before the final, Lyon winning 1-0 at home through Jordan Ferri to inflict only PSG's second league defeat of the season and prevent them from possibly winning the title on that day. However, Lyon manager Remi Garde said "The two matches shouldn't be compared. We were at home and on Saturday we're away from home. We're closer to Paris than Lyon. They are two competitions with different ingredients. I'm not worried that we'll relax after our win. We'll start from scratch."
PSG were disadvantaged by the loss through injury of Ligue 1 top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimović, who was injured in their Champions League victory over Chelsea on 2 April. As a result, Edinson Cavani moved to centre-forward. First-choice goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was rested for PSG, with Nicolas Douchez starting instead. A BBC preview to the match said "Champions League heartbreak, losing your best player through injury and then being beaten by tonight's opponents in your last game. It's fair enough to say Paris St-Germain's build-up to the French League Cup final hasn't been ideal."
The Coupe de la Ligue final has been played every year at the Stade de France since 1998, following the stadium's completion. The stadium has a capacity of 81,338 spectators. Both clubs will receive the same quota of tickets, which are distributed to season ticket holders and through each club's ticket sales at a later date. Ticketing information was released on 12 February 2014.
As a Ligue 1 club involved in a European campaign, Lyon entered in the Round of 16 on 18 December 2013 and defeated Reims 3-2 at home, with all goals in the second half, Lyon's through Bafétimbi Gomis, Alexandre Lacazette and Yoann Gourcuff. In the quarter-finals on 15 January 2014, again at home, they beat Marseille 2-1 through Gourcuff and Gomis. Lyon's semi-final was at home against Ligue 2 club Troyes on 5 February, and they won 2-1 after Lacazette and Gomis scored in the first half hour of play.
After 178 seconds of play, Edinson Cavani opened the scoring for PSG by tapping in a cross from left-back Maxwell which beat Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. Cavani gained advantage by playing in a preferred centre-forward position due to the injury to Zlatan Ibrahimović, and soon after scoring forced a save by a volley. PSG defender Alex had a goal ruled out for offside, and Cavani converted a penalty won when Lopes fouled Lucas Moura. A chance for a first-half hat-trick was denied when Cavani missed a one-on-one from eight yards out, and in the first 10 minutes of the second half, Alexandre Lacazette scored for Lyon by running from the halfway line and then shooting from 20 yards. Despite then dominating possession, Lyon had few subsequent chances to equalise.