Bordeaux have won their fourth French Cup, after beating Evian 3-2 in Paris.
In the final game of the French season, it was Mali striker Cheick Diabate who grabbed the headlines with two goals to beat Evian. Diabate’s powerful shot edged Bordeaux to victory in the last minute of normal time, giving the club their first French Cup win since 1987.
Although Diabate was the standout performer, he did waste various chances, including a penalty which could have made Bordeaux’s road to victory far easier.
Bordeaux won the Ligue 1 title in 2008-09 under Laurent Blanc, but have gone through vast changes since and finished just seventh this campaign. However, there is now a chance for Les Girondins to push on with Francis Gillot in charge.
A lot may come down to whether they can loosen the purse strings and acquire the appropriate players. But, there are various other French powerhouses on the rise with far greater funds, such as AS Monaco, PSG and Marseille — all who provide a greater competition in the market for Bordeaux.
Diabate has finally started to put in good form in the Bordeaux first team after several seasons in and around both the reserve side and loan spells at Ajaccio and Nancy.
More so, there are some talented players in the Bordeaux squad that support the idea of notable improvement if new transfers do happen. Captain Jaroslav Plašil and Ludovic Obraniak are the standout members of the side and both key are members of their national sides.
It will be an interesting subject to return in the near future, with a possible positive summer ahead for Bordeaux following this Cup success.