Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc pronounced himself pleased after watching the French champions defeat Olympiakos 1-0 in Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg.
After taking a first-half lead by Michael Ciani, Les Girondins generally looked comfortable after the break, though some late pressure might have brought an equaliser for the Greeks.
“One can always ask for more, but my players have mastered their subject,” Blanc smiled to Canal+ after the game. “We suffered a bit from set-pieces, but I am very satisfied with this match.
“We have kept the result. We know that Bordeaux in the Champions League are more disciplined and rigorous than in Le Championnat. I think that’s how we should play, especially away from home.”
“We’re happy to score away from home, perhaps we could have scored a second but at least we got the victory.
“There are only a handful of clubs that have the experience of playing in the Champions League quarter-finals. Experience comes by playing matches.”
Blanc’s Olympiakos counterpart Bozidar Bandovic thought that his side had been unlucky not to finish at least on level terms.
“We played well, creating a lot of chances,” said Bandovic, who has stabilised the club since Brazilian playing great Zico became their second coaching casualty of the season.
“If we play like that in other matches, we will have a chance in the Greek championship and in the Champions League. We deserved a better scoreline.”