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Crazy February for Bordeaux

February is here, and for Bordeaux it means they will have to handle a crazy schedule. They are still competing for four competitions (Ligue 1, Coupe de la Ligue, Coupe de France and Champions League) and will play seven games this month (next game is today against Sedan, for the Coupe de la Ligue quarter finals). After their victory over Le Mans in the Coupe de la Ligue last Tuesday (2-3), their coach Laurent Blanc claimed they were “taking everything, for the moment”. Yes they do. But it has raised many questions within public opinion and their opponents are now wondering if French champions can assume this responsibility. I think there is no reason to worry for now. We know this team has a good fighting spirit and that they will do their best in each competition. In Le Mans last week, they did not give up, in spite of a pitch in poor condition. Just after the game, Le Mans’ coach Arnaud Cormier mentioned Bordeaux players’ professionalism.

Every player that was asked about it said that they wanted to win everything in 2010. Marouane Chamakh explained that Laurent Blanc taught them to “hate defeat” and that they wouldn’t be where they are today without a huge motivation. “We want to win everything. We know it will stop one day, in one of the competitions but we want to give everything we have. Now when we are on the pitch, it’s just to win.”

In Bordeaux, everybody is dreaming of this. Supporters believe in their team, because they know there are quality players on the pitch, and it is almost like another team the coach can rely on. Blanc and his staff divided the first team (the standard team of the Champions League and Ligue 1) in two groups composed of five or six players. And they added five substitutes. The consequences are: everyone can play, players from the standard team can rest, and the motto is still: cohesion and solidarity. It seems like there is something in it for everybody.

Of course, we are totally aware that it will be tough. A team can’t have the same rhythm throughout a season; players will probably be physically and psychologically tired. Also, the fear of injuries is growing. I have talked with some supporters at the stadium and most of them told me we were lucky for now, because we only experienced small injuries, but it is only to remind us that we are not above it.

Let’s look forward to it and see how Bordeaux and the rest of the teams will handle this!

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