Girondins de Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc has revealed his displeasure that Lille have been allowed to switch their Ligue 1 fixture with Olympique Lyonnais to the Stade de France.
“It’s party time at the Stade de France, where there is even a [pre-match] concert planned but unfortunately I don’t know who signs,” stated the former French international player to L’Equipe ironically. “Last year was the same and Lyon won! They are moving the match for economic reasons. But, if we start doing that, the door is opened for everyone to do it.
“I would prefer that the game was played in Lille but when there is an agreement between the two club presidents there is nothing we can do. I don’t think it’s very fair.”
Ulrich Rame, Bordeaux’s long-serving custodian, was unmoved by the whole issue. “I can understand the move when it is to commemorate a birthday or something in style,” he stated. “But I cannot see any interest in [this match] other than commercially.
“I don’t think it will have any great influence on the league. Saying that, Lyon will be more used to the kind of atmosphere a big stadium provides.”
Les Gones will certainly need to use all their experience to bounce back from Wednesday’s disappointing Coupe de France defeat to Lille, when Nicolas Fauvergue’s goal deep into injury time at the end of the match sealed les Dogues passage through to the last eight. Lille did boast a true home advantage on that occasion, though.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com