Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has mocked Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc ahead of the all-French Champions League quarter-final clash.
Tension between the Ligue 1 rivals has increased over the past week following a dispute over the scheduling of Lyon’s weekend game against Grenoble.
Bordeaux lodged a complaint with the French league about the scheduling of Lyon’s game, leaving Aulas to hint at insecurity within the Girondins camp.
He told Le Parisien newspaper: “I thought Bordeaux were sure of themselves.
“But when I saw them nit-picking and trying to get us to play on Saturday I realised that Laurent Blanc was less sure of himself than I thought.”
Bordeaux lost their League Cup final to Marseille 3-1 and according to Aulas, that places even more pressure on the defending Ligue 1 champions.
He added: “Bordeaux is not a team that can afford to lose twice.
“He (Blanc) wanted to win everything and, as he has now lost in both domestic cups, he is seeking a place in the (Champions League) semi-finals and to win Ligue 1 to reassure him.”
Aulas also revealed he had turned down the chance to hire Blanc before hiring Alain Perrin.
He said: “He had the same agent as Alain Perrin and when I recruited him I was offered the chance to talk to Laurent Blanc.
“But he was just starting out (in management) and it seemed a difficult job for someone with no experience.
“I made a mistake, he had the qualities to join us.
“But after he goes to another club, or becomes the coach of the national team, why not?”
Blanc has yet to respond to Aulas’s remarks, preferring to concentrate on bouncing back from Saturday’s setback.
“This is an incredible opportunity, it’s such an important game,” Blanc said.
“We will have to quickly forget the disappointment and focus fully on the Lyon game.
“It’s a good thing not to have to wait a week to play again so that we can’t dwell on this defeat.
“I expect my players to do better.”