ASSE-Bordeaux: Meeting downstairs

ASSE-Bordeaux: Meeting downstairs

Relegated to Ligue 2 at the end of a catastrophic 2021-2022 financial year, Saint-Étienne and Bordeaux will meet again this Saturday afternoon (3:00 p.m.), in a Geoffroy-Guichard stadium behind closed doors. On both sides, the summer was particularly eventful. But if the Greens continue to lag at the bottom of the table (19are), the Girondins are already installed in the leader’s chair. However, before the season was released, imagining the opposite was more tempting.

This is an absolute record. Throughout their history, Saint-Étienne and Bordeaux have met 120 times in the first division. No other poster of the French championship has taken place so often. In this case, talking about a classic does not seem like an exaggeration, although this classic will take place this time on the ground floor. In spring, Verdes and Girondins fell in Ligue 2. A scare, no doubt, given the list of prizes and the rich history of these two monuments of French football, but an almost inevitable scare, since these two bastions had accumulated the setbacks in recent years. In one case as in the other, the calamitous 2021-2022 season was thus only the consequence of a poorly controlled financial situation, risky successive transfer windows and questionable sports management. The question, therefore, was how ASSE and FCGB were going to recover from this fall and face a summer of all dangers. After a month and a half of competition, we know a little more.

At Saint-Étienne, thorough cleaning and bad start


A simple look at the ranking would be enough to surprise more than one. The Bordeaux riders occupy pole position, while the Stéphanois are glued to the back of the grid (19are). The reverse would probably have been less destabilizing, because the Forez club seemed, despite another failed takeover attempt, to have negotiated this bottom-tier landing quite well. Very quickly, Laurent Batlles was appointed manager. The former midfielder knows the green house well for having led the reserve there and managed to bring Troyes up (in 2021) with an ambitious and attractive game philosophy. The first signings (Jimmy Giraudon, Anthony Briançon, Mathieu Cafaro, Victor Lobry, etc.) reflected the desire to call on coaches familiar with Ligue 2 and creative players, but it is the transfer window that largely explains part of the slow beginning of El Saint-Étienne, which took too long to separate itself from elements that were no longer in tune with the project (Denis Bouanga, Mahdi Camara, Adil Aouchiche…) and in turn recruited to arm themselves until the term. Race results: 11 finishes for 24 starts. Between tears of lack of references and automatisms, the greens went through their start to the season, marked by numerous expulsions (already five) and a memorable setback, suffered in the Cauldron against Le Havre (0-6). The three penalty points and four games behind closed doors – the last one taking place this Saturday – inflicted following the incidents against Auxerre certainly didn’t help. However, the partners of the irresistible Jean-Philippe Krasso (the championship’s top scorer with seven goals) seem to be on the right track, as evidenced by his recent win against Bastia (5-0).

Author of a quadruple against Bastia, Jean-Philippe Krasso is the strong man of the Greens.

In Bordeaux, young people did the work

Opposite, Bordeaux has experienced much more stressful summer weeks. For a while, the scapular club was even administratively demoted to National 1. Marine et Blancs finally learned of their continued status in Ligue 2 just a few days before the start of the season. Although we could logically fear the worst for them, David Guion’s band began their championship in an admirable way, driven by the enthusiasm and ardor of young nuggets who only asked to be able to express themselves. This uninhibited youth, embodied by Logan Delaurier-Chaubet, Dilane Bakwa and Junior Mwanga, brought a breath of fresh air to Matmut-Atlantique. But we may have legitimate doubts about his ability to sustain that level of performance for an entire season. “It is impossible for young people to work 38 daysGuion told reporters Thursday. They should be preserved, not roasted. It is so important ” In this sense, the contribution of the signings made official just before the closing of the market (Yoann Barbet, Vital N’Simba, Clément Michelin, Aliou Badji and Zuriko Davitashvili) will be carefully analyzed. It should also be noted that Aquitania have benefited from a fairly lenient schedule so far, facing more formations that should be fighting in the second part of the table (Rodez, Niort, QRM) than serious contenders for promotion. Several important tests will be on the program for the next few weeks. The planned trip to Geoffroy-Guichard this Saturday is one of them.

The youth of Bordeaux show off their club at the start of the season.

By Raphael Brosse


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