Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc admits his side have “no choice” but to go for the win against CFR Cluj on Wednesday as they attempt to recover from a miserable start in Group A.
Back-to-back defeats have left the French champions outfit of the group, and Blanc accepts that another defeat would almost certainly bring his first Champions League run as acoach to a premature end.
“[CFR] Cluj have surprised a lot of people and we respect them, but if we want to stay in the competition we have to win,” Blanc said. “We owe it to ourselves to produce a strong performance.”
Yet overcoming the Romanian double winners has so far proved beyond both Roma and Chelsea.
“They’re favourites given their results,” admitted the former France captain. “Not many people knew about CFR before the draw but now everyone knows they must be taken seriously. They’re well-organised and have many skilful individuals, especially in attack.”
Blanc is missing suspended defenders Henrique and Benoît Trémoulinas but welcomes goalkeeper Ulrich Ramé back from injury.
CFR coach Maurizio Trombetta urging his team to play positively in France.
“It’s difficult to say if a draw would be a good result because it depends on what happens,” Trombetta explained. “I’d like to win, of course, but above all I’d like my side to carry on playing the way they’ve played against Roma, Chelsea and Dinamo Bucharest.”
Friday’s 1-0 home success against Dinamo brought them back to within six points of the Liga 1 pacesetters and confirmed their resurgence under Trombetta.
“Everybody is enjoying their football and the spirit is very strong,” added Trombetta, who will name the same lineup that held Chelsea to a goalless draw provided Dani passes a fitness test.
“The important thing is to keep working hard on the pitch because Bordeaux will be a very difficult opponent. The fact they finished second in Ligue 1 last season and are currently fourth proves they are a good side.”