The universe seems to be working against Reims. They started last round very determined but ended losing at a forfeit score (3-0 away at Metz).
Reims had to start with 3rd keeper Bastien in goal, as 1st choice Placide was sidelined and 2nd choice Agassa suffered an injury just before the game. But Bastien also pulled a muscle around minute 20 and coach Vasseur had no choice but to give a chance to 18 years old Garel.
Besides using a keeper from the junior squad the overall display in defense was very poor, with mistakes at man-marking, interventions and clearances.
Upfront Reims were not that bad with Moukandjo moving around a lot and wingers Fortes and Diego also being very active. Still, they need to improve the offensive phase and learn to apply constant pressure.
There’s a big possibility that Reims will once again use 4th choice keeper Garel, as in this moment the first three keepers are out injured (looks like Agassa has the most chances to make a comeback). More bad news as Reims will be without fullback Mavinga (important) and central midfielder Albaek, both of them suspended. Reims may also miss central defender Roberge who got out injured last round and is doubtful.
Bordeaux made a really smart game against Rennes last week (won 2-1). They built actions in slow motion on purpose and simply invited opponents to attack in order to open them up. Although they had some emotions as the winner was scored only in extra time, Bordeaux’s strategy paid off in the end.
Play-maker Khazri was given some well deserved time to rest and young Toure started in center of the field. Toure made his best game so far for Bordeaux delivering an assist and scoring the winner.
Confidence is running high, players are in top form and everything looks wonderful at Bordeaux.
Don’t get the wrong idea, Reims aren’t that bad as last two results suggest. Against Marseille it was coach’s fault for starting in a diamond formation (lost 5-0) and against Metz it was the defensive injuries and the red cards (lost 3-0). Now against Bordeaux it will be the absences and the desire to get back to winning days which will make them more aggressive, more offensive, attitude that can easily backfire against a team like Bordeaux. Bordeaux -0.5 at 2.21
UPDATE: Reims are without defensive minded players Mavinga, Roberge and Bourillon. Defenders Contento and Sane are sidelined for Bordeaux
Reims: Agassa, Garel – Conte, Mandi, M.Fofana, Tacalfred, C.Glombard, Signorino – Ca, Devaux, Oniangué, Fortes, Diego – Charbonnier, Courtet, Moukandjo, De Préville, Ngog
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Prior – Faubert, Ilori, Mariano, Pallois, Planus, Poundjé – Kaabouni, Khazri, Plasil, Sertic, Ab.Traoré, Maurice-Belay – C.Diabaté, Rolan, Sala, T.Touré