For the 34th day of Ligue 1, the Girondins de Bordeaux received Rennes for a new match of fear. The men of Jean-Louis Gasset who remained on a terrifying streak of 11 defeats in 13 matches – with the extrasport problems and the disengagement of King Street – did not sweat serenity at all, far from it. Especially since in front of them, the Rennais hoped to finish a little more a Bordeaux in agony to recover the fifth qualifying place in the Europa League under the nose and the beard of Lens and OM. For this meeting, Jean Louis Gasset decided to make strong choices with the tenure of the very young Sékou Mara (18 years old) in attack or even Tom Lacoux (19 years old). We had to take points quickly so as not to see Ligue 2 arrive very quickly.
Since the year 2021, fate seemed to be hitting the Bordelais. Nothing was right. This time the wheel may have finally turned. After a more serious start to the match than against Lorient, Yacine Adli’s teammates would see the match change very quickly. After an ugly high foot from Steven Nzonzi on Sekou Mara, the referee decided to issue the red card. In slow motion, the penalty is undoubtedly a bit severe (8th). Anyway, the French World Champion was leaving his partners well. For once this season, the Marines and Whites took advantage of their numerical superiority in stride. The young Sekou Mara for his first tenure in Ligue 1 was in all the right places since it was he who opened the scoring three minutes later (1-0, 11th). A goal that would give confidence to his team. Jostled, Rennes appeared more feverish than usual, evidenced by the many technical inaccuracies of Camavinga (14th, 23rd, 29th).
Bordeaux has practically ensured the maintenance
Strangely and yet at 11 against 10, Bordeaux returned from the locker room disorganized, almost panicked. Completely cut in half and with fewer movements, Mehdi Zerkane’s teammates, very active in this meeting, suffered the waves of Rennes for ten good minutes. What immediately push Gasset to react. Laurent Blanc’s former assistant made a triple change at the hour mark: Ben Arfa, Oudin and young Amadou Traoré returned to bring more technical mastery to a team that badly needed it. These changes will have had the merit of breaking the rhythm of the meeting a little, at least for a few minutes only.
We knew the Girondins were very feverish and not very confident, this second period illustrated it and obviously the Rennais tried to take advantage of it. Jeremy Doku repeatedly set the Bordeaux defense on fire. The Belgian by his speed and his dribbles (9 successful dribbles, best total of the match) obtained an incalculable number of free kicks which could have allowed Rennes to return to the game (71st, 77th, 81st). It was also him who offered a goal ball to Guirassy who stumbled on Costil (84th). In a very tense end of the match for both teams, it is ultimately Bordeaux who can exult. With these three points which are certainly worth double, the Girondins take 8 points ahead of the red zone (Nîmes and Nantes have one game less) and have only one point to go to ensure the maintenance. . It will be next weekend against… Nantes! Huge disillusionment for Rennes who stagnated in seventh place.