The manager of the Girondins de Bordeaux justified his strong choice to start Hatem Ben Arfa against OM on Saturday night.
Arrived free in Bordeaux only ten days ago, Hatem Ben Arfa made his debut with the Girondins, Saturday evening as part of the 7th day of Ligue 1, at the Velodrome against theOlympic Marseille (defeat 3-1). To almost everyone’s surprise, the scapular training coach, Jean-Louis Gasset, decided to establish the former Parisian in a number 10 position, just behind central striker Nicolas de Préville in a 4-2-3-1.
He made the nets tremble
Obviously, the performance of the French international was eagerly awaited after a missed visit to Valladolid (only 5 appearances) and a season truncated by the coronavirus. While he remained generally low-key, like the rest of the Bordeaux team, the 33-year-old forward was concerned and focused on the little ball he had to negotiate. He even shook the net in the first half, but he was ultimately signaled in an offside position. After 66 minutes spent on the green rectangle, HBA, not yet 100% physically, gave way to Maja.
“It was better to make him play right away”
“I had decided to play him for an hour, indicated the Aquitaine coach. It was better to get him to play right away before the next matches. He was on a team that was technically dominated so he didn’t receive a lot of good balls apart from the action where his goal was disallowed. We saw the difference between a team that plays the Champions League and another, like ours, which will have to fight. People who think they are technical see the level it takes to really be. Tonight (yesterday), we saw that we still had a lot of work to do. “
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