Monday, 7 November 2011

Bordeaux 1-1 PSG: Momo on the go-go as attackers falter

“After a thunderous start, Ligue 1 is running out of steam,” declared France Football today, describing the latest round of matches as “boring”.

On the basis of last night’s 1-1 draw between Bordeaux and PSG, it’s difficult to argue too much. Les Rouges-et-Bleu’s attacking quartet failed to sparkle, and it was left to Momo Sissoko of all people to head us in front in the tenth minute before Yoan Gouffran grabbed an equaliser for the Girondins three minutes later.

Bordeaux had the better chances to take all three points, and it took some good saves from Salvatore Sirigu to preserve our unbeaten run.

I may have mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of Sissoko, but the Malian yellow-card machine is beginning to show signs of some decent form, having apparently played quite in Thursday’s win over Bratislava.

“The goal was certainly to take the three points, especially as the results of our competitors gave us the opportunity to take off,” said Sissoko afterwards.

“But ultimately we did well. Don’t forget that we remain first, which mentally is very important.”

That’s true enough I suppose, and I think most supporters would have taken this position if offered it at the start of the season. Certainly I’m happy with how things have been going on the whole.

But it would have been nice to go into the international break five points clear at the top, and I think last night’s result is indicative of the team’s immaturity. After all the other challengers dropped points, the pressure was on PSG to deliver and they didn’t quite manage it, whereas you would expect seasoned title winners such as Manchester United to turn the screw on their rivals by grinding out a win.

That kind of winning mentality will only come with time, and for now Antoine Kombouare will be hoping his globe-trotting squad members return from international duty unscathed.


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