Lyon have the chance to pull back to just two points behind Bordeaux, or the leaders could put even more space between themselves and OL...This is the summit of the L1...
First of all, let’s remember that last season, Bordeaux were six points behind the team-mates of Juninho before their visit to Gerland in Week 14. They went home 9 points behind before finishing the first round of matches just 3 points adrift… before taking the title of French champions in May. The moral of the story? In football everything can change very quickly …
Obviously, Bordeaux and Lyon have not had the same run this season. Bordeaux have been almost always consistent in their results without having any long term absences through injury or international obligations. The reigning champions did not make any wholesale changes during the summer either. The base themselves on a well drilled collective with physical impact, technical quality, aerial presence, excellent set piece drills … well known individualities, a charismatic manager and certainly on convictions which give them wavering confidence.
In the league, OL, after two very good months, have stagnated in October and November. They have also started the month of December with an “annoying” defeat in Lille and were not rewarded in the Champions League with first place in their group. This OL side are on a run of 4 matches without a win in the L1 with a great propensity to concede goals and an inability to hold onto results. There is also the treatment room which has « welcomed » too many players, without forgetting the recent international duties of a number of players. Ephemeral league leader over the course of two matches (Weeks 8 and 9), the seven times French champions have dropped back in their last few performances. There can be no question of playing at the same tempo!
This summit match in the L1 promises to be a great combat. Certains expect a confirmation of the strength of this Bordeaux side. Others will be scrutinizing the capacity to react of Cris and his team-mates. Deprived of Clerc, Toulalan, Bodmer, Govou, OL are clearly handicapped. Bordeaux do not have any particular worries and their manager was able to rotate the sqaud greatly in their final group stage match of the Champions League on Tuesday night. On top of their five point lead, will the Bordeaux side be more physically fresh? We’ll see. Whatever happens Bordeaux will return home ahead of their opponents of the day, which leaves them with a great tranquility of spirit…
The best attack in the league, with the phenomenon Lisandro excites, have the chance of breaking through the best defence in France. There will be numerous duels at distance or close by, which will spice up this encounter which could have a very South American taste to it with the presence of Brazilians and Argentineans in both camps. How will take the mantle of boss of the day? Quite frankly it is difficult to say … But OLwould do well to take it in order to get back to their best.