The Girondins of Bordeaux will start the season sold out in front of their home crowd at Stade Matmut Atlantique, against Valenciennes, a team already accustomed to League 2. A reality that was not so obvious a few weeks ago, as the club was in difficulty with the authorities of French football, in particular the DNCG. From now on, the club must go back to the financial policeman and try to move forward by activating other avenues for the transfer window in order to strengthen the workforce. David Guion is well aware of this, but above all wishes to salute the fervor around the club in recent weeks.
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“These last two months, we have seen what the hallmark of a great club is. This general mobilization is thanks to the history of the club. We saw through this that the Girondins de Bordeaux were not just any club. This is what has made all these people proud for many years. »
“We started from the premise that we needed stability, that we had a tired, worn out group, that we had to renew it almost completely. Unfortunately, it could not be done, we fell behind. The boys we targeted two months ago didn’t wait for us. We had to go to other players. We still had the agreement of Barbet and Nsimba. I would like to underline the work of the staff who supervised the squad and the involvement of the players well, because it is not easy. »
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“Today, we criticize professional players a lot, but when we see what Vital Nsimba and Yoann Barbet did during this month of preparation, while their contract is not signed, it proves that the recruitment cell was not mistaken on the state of mind of these boys there. »
“I completely agree with Alain Giresse: it’s not a goal. We didn’t win a trophy, it’s not a party either. I am an ambitious coach, I want to return to Ligue 1 with the Girondins, but I am also realistic. There will be no reinforcement in my team tomorrow. Of the 18, there will be 14 boys from Bordeaux. I know we need to strengthen and we will do it, but I know we have fallen behind. »
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