Bordeaux were unfortunate to lose central defender Henrique just before the game versus Lorient last round. Also early in the game defensive midfielder Poko got injured and was substituted by more offensive minded Sertic.
This explains the high score 3-3, the injuries suffered by two defensive players, Henrique and Poko, players that most probably will miss this round as well, only this time coach Gillot knows it ahead and has enough time to build a strategy.
Leaving aside the shaky defense, Bordeaux impressed mainly through the triangles created on the right side, by Obraniak – Saivet – N’Guemo (or Diabate more upfront).
We could see fast short passes that can destabilize even a well put together defense and tunnels being created out of nothing. It is true the left side is not so dangerous and inventive yet, but winger Maurice Belay is a talented player and he only needs a bit of motivation coming from teammates.
Reims once again proved the status of favorites doesn’t suit them at all. They just couldn’t find any solutions to open up a defense that is usually not that tight.
In the defense they looked more fragile than usual. The flanks were always a weakness of theirs but now it will be more visible than ever since right back Glombard got injured and will miss. Even in the center defense they seemed shaky with Tacalfred and Weber being hesitant, the latter even scored an own goal.
But the most disappointing if them all is stubborn coach Fournier who just doesn’t understand that continuing with Charbonnier upfront means pure suicide.
They are losing on two fronts now: Charbonnier simply doesn’t posses the skills necessary for a Ligue1 side and Reims are toothless upfront, and talented striker Courtet is losing form because of being benched.
Balls are easily lost in pathetic goal attempts, so no matter how much they create (although it’s not the case for Reims to have too much creativity…) everything is in vain once Charbonnier is on the field.
Bordeaux’s fragile defense is safe with Charbonnier upfront for Reims… But not the same can be said for Reims’ defense that will be up against attackers that are constantly gaining form.
Odds are not that high for Bordeaux, but 1.76 is still a decent price worth to be taken.