Ligue 1. The Girondins have their backs to the wall before receiving Reims

By Vincent Romain –

Victims of their usual deficiencies in Lorient (1-1), the Bordelais still do not advance in the standings. The arrival of Reims at Matmut on Sunday takes on all the more importance before the reception of PSG

THEhen of the first international break, at the beginning of September, the many Girondins players who remained in Haillan had worked hard to accelerate their learning of a new game project. They had also insisted on the physical aspect, because when he arrived in early August, Vladimir Petkovic’s staff realized that they were below expected standards.

They had then experienced an angry defeat against Lens (2-3) but that day, GPS data had shown that the expected level of intensity and racing had finally been reached. And they had followed up with a victory in Saint-Etienne (2-1) and a nice draw in Montpellier (3-3).

This time, the October cut did not bear fruit. Faced with Nantes (1-1) and Lorient (1-1), the Bordelais have certainly produced some interesting sequences, but they still fail to keep the cursor at the same level of concentration, technical accuracy and solidity in the duels from the first to the last minute.

Points to free yourself

In these two matches, they opened the scoring and ended up conceding the equalizer, passing to Matmut and Moustoir very close to conceding a second goal when the opponent pushed to snatch the victory. Petkovic has repeatedly pointed out this season the doubt that invaded the heads of his players after a first mistake. Sunday, the Lorient equalizer and Onana’s red card were followed by very hot and poorly defended situations in front of Benoît Costil’s goal, as after the Nantes goal the previous weekend.

“The team as a whole will find confidence in playing. She can do even better. We really need three points so that we can free ourselves « , explained the Swiss, who later added, without being questioned on the subject: » It is important for the team that all the important players like Costil or Koscielny take their responsibilities ”. Perhaps this was the object of their discussion on Sunday morning, when they were side by side during the morning stroll on the port of Lorient.

Still no margin

Like Junior Onana, who finds everyone « good », no one mentions deficiencies on the physical level. His coach did not seem ready to make the slightest change, until the expulsion of his midfielder pushed him to use his sideline to rebalance the team and bring fresh blood to hold on as well. that badly.

Receptions in Nantes and Reims, interspersed with a trip to Lorient: this triptych was presented as an opportunity to earn points, finally, before receiving PSG. Bordeaux has extended its list of draws (six now) and slipped one row, to seventeenth, and it is closer to the red zone (three points behind) than to the first half of the table (six lengths more far).

In the heart of the wet bowels of the Moustoir, Rémi Oudin refused to speak of burnt cartridges facing “affordable opponents” because “all the teams in this championship are difficult to play”. He is not wrong, especially when we have no margin on anyone and we have never passed 15th place this season. But the prospect of the Parisian leader coming to Matmut, even three days after his Champions League match in Leipzig, thickens a little more the stake of the reception of Reims, an opponent classified just before them, Sunday.

Maintenance Championship

In a stadium which has not known victory in five games (three draws, two defeats), this meeting takes on the appearance of a first turning point in the quest for the tenth place objective. There will still be two-thirds of the season to go, but a result other than a victory will install the Girondins a little more in the championship of maintenance, which is really not the idea of ​​departure, even when we proceeded. to so many changes after the sale.

“It will be imperative to get a good result against Reims, but that will also apply to them. We have an affordable first match at home, a very difficult second – but in football you never know – and in both cases we will have to do our best, ”said Petkovic. And especially not to miss it.

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