Ligue 1 – Lopez: « It’s sad to think that this club could go down, but if it does, I’ll be there »
The weeks follow each other and resemble each other. Competitors from Bordeaux, in the first place Saint-Etienne, are no longer advancing at the end of the season. Problem, the Girondins are also struggling to take points. It is therefore a status quo at the bottom of the Ligue 1 classification, which is far from helping Bordeaux, which remains in a relegation position. President Gérard Lopez spoke after the defeat against Nice (0-1). Torn between the desire to believe in it and the fatality of reality.
What do you remember from this defeat against Nice?
We are still alive mathematically, because the competitors are also losing. It’s really frustrating because you can’t do what you have to do. We are clearly playing with fear in our stomachs. We do weeks where training does not look like the game. Even individually, we are not up to it because we are timorous, the ball burns our feet. When we have a complicated season like that, nothing goes and we concede a goal after this ricochet on Tom (Lacoux). There is a penalty not whistled. There are not many opportunities left, those that remain, you have to take them.
What is the dominant feeling after this match?
I’m sad. For the people at the club, the supporters, and even sad for the players. They didn’t give up, but when you lose your football, it’s complicated. We lose it because it’s the head, not because we don’t know how to play. We still have opportunities, because the teams in front of us don’t win either. We are alive thanks to others. You don’t have to beat them up to tell them they’re not up to speed, because that’s not the case. It’s the head that’s not there.
In the event of relegation to Ligue 2, will you still be at the club?
It’s sad to think that this club could go down, but if it does, I’ll be there. The objective is to maintain and continue to work to leave Bordeaux where it should be. I never give up, no matter what. Honestly, I would like the team to have the same vision of things, we will see.