Bordeaux Coach Laurent Blanc Feels That Marseille & Lyon Have Easier Schedules
After watching his side narrowly edge Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, Girondins de Bordeaux head coach Laurent Blanc has once again aimed a shot at the French league (LFP), who he believes have packed les Girondins’ fixture list too tightly.
Bordeaux faced Stade Rennais last Sunday, hosted the Green Demons on Wednesday and complete an intense week with an awkward trip to Saint-Etienne on Saturday.
“I am angry for having to play Sunday night against Rennes,” Blanc complained to L’Equipe, despite seeing his side win 1-0. “This proves that when picking between the audience and the clubs playing in the Champions League, the audience win.
“With all these elements, having won in such difficulty and without letting go was courageous. We only had to look at the players late in the game – they were roasted and boiled because they went after themselves.”
Blanc has promised to rotate his side on Saturday, complaining, “I don’t want to start controversy, but of the three clubs playing in the Champions League, Bordeaux is the greatest penalised.
“We played on Sunday, Wednesday, and a little more than 48 hours later, Saint-Etienne, at 19:00… I’m sorry but Lyon played Saturday, Tuesday and play on Sunday, and Marseille, Saturday, Wednesday and Saturday. The day of rest they had, we were not given.
“Motivation and desire are there, but unfortunately, the tank is not full, and the risk of injury is high.”
Blanc’s parting comment was highlighted by a problem suffered by Yoann Gourcuff, who will be absent this weekend because of a thigh problem. As a result of this knock, he will also be unavailable for France.