Montpellier v Bordeaux: A Steller Start?By: Jennifer | August 7th, 2010
(Savic provided the goal against Tours.)
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Top tweets of the week:
1. According to Traoré, last season’s disappointment has no place in le Hallian, especially not with Tigana at the helm. He says that the team has lots of spirit and is working well together.
2. Tigana apparently interested in 22 year old Nice striker Anthony Modeste for 2-3m euros, but Nice is asking for 4m. Modeste spent the last season on loan at Angers, and is relatively inexperienced.
3. Bordeaux non-target Dragan Mjrda announces that he is going to Bordeaux.
4. In a new interview with him, Gourcuff talks about the vacations being too short, about training, about Tigana, and about continuing at Bordeaux.
6. Daisuke Matsui: There have been no contact with Bordeaux.
7. ChristianGourcuff: “Yoann is not inclined to leave [Bordeaux]. We are not looking for other clubs.” Papa Gourcuff reveals that there was contact with Manchester City, that he even met with them on behalf of Yoann but nothing materialized.
I was in the middle of writing a post on the whole (non)transfer saga that went on, but before you know it, it’s the start of a new season. As usual, I’m not good with previews so I’m not sure what to say about the coming season, but I’ll do a little summary of preseason and perhaps what to expect of the group in tomorrow’s opener against Montpellier.
There wasn’t a lot of frenzy on the transfer market for us, but we quietly signed Vujadin Savić, a CB that we’ve been needing to sign since last season. It’s been quite difficult for Savić to integrate into the group as he does not speak a word of French, but certainly the goal against Tours in his debut with us will help him a lot.
From what I saw of the preseason (as in, I saw one friendly against Legia Warsaw), I really think that we will see a lot of Cavenaghi this season. Tigana seems to have a lot of confidence in him, much more than Blanc. He’s been scoring goals left and right in preseason, and I’ve always had belief in his ability to finish and just slot in goals. I say: let ‘em rip Cavé! As for the others, as usual Gourcuff has been indispensable and account for many of the goals, as with Trémoulinas who has been called up by Blanc to play against Norway. I’ve also noticed that Plasil has been playing the kind of role that Chamakh had played. Cavé and him make a great partnership on the pitch, which also obviously translates from their close friendship.
Also, WE STILL DON’T HAVE A REPLACEMENT FOR CHAMAKH! Anyone else a little bit concerned? I know Tigana is counting on Cavenaghi and to some extent Saivet, but buying a replacement is very very important at this point, even if the target is not too experienced.
From all the interviews that I’ve read about Tigana, his training regiment and tactics aren’t a big departure from what we were used to with Blanc. He is someone with the right amount of ambition and I do think he is the right fit.
As for the preview part of this post, both OM and OL have a rocky start to the season, losing and drawing respectively. Montpellier just recorded a shock loss to Hungarian club Gyor and are probably out to prove themselves against Bordeaux (and vice versa). Would their form continue from last season? Bordeaux’s form definitely will not be as crap as how we ended the past season.
The team for tomorrow (no probable lineup from me since I don’t know what Tigana is thinking):
Olimpa, Andrietti – Sané, Savic ,Trémoulinas, Marange – Diarra, Fernando, Gourcuff, Plasil, Wendel, Ducasse – Ayité, Bellion, Cavenaghi, Gouffran, Jussiê, Saivet
I’m pretty damn excited to see Henri Saivet play, though I don’t think he’ll get much playing time in the first game of the season, but I have a feeling that we will see a lot of him.
Carrasso, Ciani, Chalmé, Henrique are suspended, while Ramé (injured the 2nd day of preseason), Keita, Planus (injury sustained at the WC) remain injured injured. Lasne, Sertic, Traoré & Saunier were selected to play with the CFA.
STREAMS WILL BE POSTED IN THE COMMENTS AS THEY APPEAR. It will be best if you check atdhe.net as well as myp2p.eu before the start of the match. I will also be live tweeting the game, so check my twitter for updates.
I forgot to mention winning the Tournoi de Paris after drawing and beating Roma and Porto’s reserve squads with our starting XI, weee!
If you want to read a more insightful preview of the season in general, here is one.