How Gus Poyet can inspire Bordeaux to European football this season


New Bordeaux manager Gus Poyet has had a stellar impact upon the club since his arrival in Ligue 1. With the campaign to finish within the European places beginning to heat up as we approach the final stretch of the season, could his impetus be the driving force behind a late surge for the top six?

The 50-year-old’s side ran out convincing winners away to a Strasbourg side that have slid down the table in recent weeks, having now won only one of their last five fixtures.

Poyet’s team took an early lead when 28-year-old Senegalese midfielder Younousse Sankharé put them ahead in only the 3rd minute, grabbing his fifth goal this season hitting a points tally of 27 for the campaign.

23-year-old striker Gaëtan Laborde then doubled the team’s lead, scoring the only over goal of the game in the 53rd minute as they ran out 2-0 victors.

The towering Frenchman has now scored three in ten for the west coast club this season, two of them coming under the guidance of the new manager who appears to have inspired a new lease of life within the target man.

The former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has certainly reinvigorated Les Girondins since arriving at the club – grabbing two wins from two matches, continuing the team’s run of four wins in five.

Speaking to beIN SPORTS, Poyet laid his ambitions bare for the style of football he would like to see for the remainder of the season: “The most important thing in football is the ball? But I also want to see aggression. Football is a physical game. You need a balance, but the ball is always the most important thing.”

The Uruguayan has also explained the rationale behind bringing in the former Bordeaux midfielder Fernando, who played 155 games for the club between 2005 and 2011: “Everywhere I’ve been I’ve looked to have an assistant who knows the club well. They suggested Fernando to me, he knows how things work here, and after talking to him it seemed perfect.”

The bringing in of a fellow Brazilian could also placate Bordeaux’s talismanic winger Malcom, who is understood to have been disappointed to have not secured a move to the Premier League in the January window.

The 20-year-old former Corinthians attacker has been in inspired form this season, his eight goals and five assists helping him on the way to 54 points.

Whilst Malcom is seemingly unlikely to remain at the club past the summer, the fans of the club will be hoping that this South American trio can propel them to a top six finish come the end of the campaign.

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