Several Bordeaux players have admitted they were relieved to have are pleased to have helped extend Bordeaux’s Champions League adventure, following Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Olympiakos.
The French champions put in an uncharacteristically nervous display at the Chaban-Delmas stadium.
However, they did enough to secure a 2-1 win, seeing them through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League 3-1 on aggregate.
Yoann Gourcuff, who broke the deadlock, admits Laurent Blanc’s side should have enjoyed a more comfortable evening, but felt they were worthy winners on a night which saw three players sent off.
“We made it hard for ourselves in the second half,” the playmaker told Canal Plus.
“But we had a fantastic first half, we should actually have been 2-0 or 3-0 up at the break.”
Brazilian midfielder Wendel also felt that Bordeaux should have closed the game down once they took an early lead, admitting they found themselves on the ropes after Olympiakos levelled the scores midway through the second half.
“We scored the goal but then we shouldn’t have taken any risks,” he said.
“They equalised when it was 10 against 11 and then we had a few problems.
“For the next round, I have no preference. There are great sides like Barcelona, Inter and Manchester (United) who are playing well at the moment.
“With these teams it would be 50-50. If it’s Lyon it’ll be difficult.”
Marouane Chamakh sealed the win for Bordeaux with a late header, but the highly-rated frontman was keen to praise Gourcuff.
“When he manages to be in charge of the game, it feels good for everyone in the team,” said Moroccan striker.
“Everything he tried tonight was a success.”