An open and entertaining match between two Ligue 1 teams harbouring hopes of European qualification. At the end of the match only Saint-Étienne remain in contention after an emphatic 4-1 win away to Bordeaux.
Christophe Galtier’s men have been playing some excellent football since the turn of the year. Three of their last five matches have now included a home win over Lyon and away wins at Rennes and Bordeaux. Their only loss in that period was a hard-fought reversal against PSG. Les Verts are now building momentum. Behind Nice only on goal difference, they welcome Monaco next weekend full of confidence. There are many positive signs that Galtier can look to for that crucial clash.
Always solid at the back, ASSE are now displaying greater verve in the final third, consequently scoring more goals.Alexander Søderlund is proving to be a hit since arriving in January. Despite missing a penalty to finish the game in the first half, the Norwegian scored another crucial goal after getting off the mark against Lyon. The real star of the show however, was debutant Oussama Tannane. The 21-year old Moroccan dovetailed beautifully with Søderlund, Benjamin Corgnet and Vincent Pajot while giving Diego Contento and Cedric Yambéré several nosebleeds on the left side of Bordeaux’s defence. A goal and an assist were just rewards for an enterprising display and the youngster may have forced himself into Galtier’s first eleven ahead of the infuriating Jean-Christophe Bahebeck.
Willy Sagnol will have been left really disappointed by this defeat. Girondins were on a seven-match unbeaten run at the Stade Matmut-Atlantique and fans were beginning to believe that a late run for European qualification was on the cards. However, after conceding seven goals in their last two games, one wonders if this is a watershed moment in Bordeaux’s season. Two of their best players in Wahbi Khazri and Henri Saivet left in January and the new recruits have not had a promising start. Mathieu Debuchy demonstrated a level of defensive negligence that explains why he had fallen far down the pecking order at Arsenal. While Mauro Arambarri and Malcom gave decent accounts of themselves, there was simply too much tactical indiscipline all over the park. After a promising first season in management, Sagnol’s magic seems to be fading and it’s difficult to see how can he salvage anything from what is quickly becoming a very disappointing season for Bordeaux.