Bordeaux-OL: Confirmation in Gironde (21h, Téléfoot)
Little by little, observers of French football are getting used to the rhythms of match action. Ligue 1 restarted on August 21 and if OL were not able to play their first scheduled match against Montpellier (postponed to September 15) because of the semifinal of the Champions League, they were more than ready to face Dijon on the second matchday (4-1). It was a result that was enough to give confidence and certainty to Rudi Garcia and his side who are hoping to continue the dynamic of their European run. It’s not to be taken for granted in a season that is bound to be more challenging than others.
Indeed, postponements are expected to be numerous for a while because of the coronavirus pandemic. Thus, it will certainly be difficult for teams to find a cruising speed and it will be important to collect as many points as possible when the matches do take place. The uncertainty associated with this pandemic makes every match an event in its own right. With the cancellations, some teams may not play for two weeks or more, something that can completely break a dynamic. Being able to endure such a mishap, OL would therefore be well advised to take every opportunity to move ahead in the standings.
Fortunately, no cases of coronavirus has been detected in the Bordeaux squad since the resumption and the club has been able to start its season normally. With a draw (0-0 at the opening against Nantes) and a win (0-2 in Angers), Les Marines et Blancs are second in the league. It's been a good start for the 2009 French champion, especially since the summer was so hectic with the arrival of Jean-Louis Gasset on the bench and the departures of players like Kamano and Sankharé. However, OL remain on two straight wins at the Matmut Atlantique. Can it be three ?