After the new defeat of Bordeaux this Saturday against Metz (2-1) in the league, Laurent Koscielny was questioned about his relationship with Hatem Ben Arfa. The captain of the Girondins has confirmed having a frank explanation with the playmaker.
The Girondins can no longer do it. In front of the score for an hour, the players of Jean-Louis Gasset ended up cracking and losing to FC Metz (2-1), this Saturday, on behalf of the 27th day of Ligue 1. Deprived of victory since one month, they remain stuck in 11th place in the standings and have to look behind them. They are only ten points ahead of the red zone. A situation to say the least worrying, which had pushed Laurent Koscielny to push a rant this week at a press conference.
“You have to know how to turn the page”
Reassembled, the Bordeaux captain had called in particular to do “a little cleaning” in the workforce and spoke about his relationship presented as tense with Hatem Ben Arfa: “I said what to say. if the message didn’t get through or if you don’t want to listen to it, that’s it. ” After the defeat against Metz, Koscielny admitted having had a frank explanation with the former Lyonnais and Marseillais in recent days. “There can be a lot of shouting in a locker room. There was one between Hatem and me. I’m here to help the team and the collective go as high as possible. It is also the role of a captain to re-mobilize everyone. It’s settled now and you have to know how to turn the page, move on and go into the same to help the team, “Koscielny explained at the microphone of Canal +.
Usual holder, Ben Arfa started on the bench at Matmut-Atlantique, before entering the last quarter of an hour. Gasset had preferred to start the young Tom Lacoux (19). “I felt the players concerned in the first period. Young people started, they brought freshness. You have to try to be positive, the guys want to get out of this situation to find a little smile after the games “, underlined Koscielny, well aware of the current difficulties of his team.
“We had a good first half by putting a lot of commitment in the duels. We were able to project ourselves forward and score a goal. There were 45 minutes left, we knew it was going to be difficult. We are also when in doubt, we certainly receded unconsciously. Metz took much more initiative in the second half with the ball. We did not know how to move forward. We are in the hard, we have to work, there will be certainly better days, ”he insisted. Bordeaux will try to recover from Wednesday against PSG (9 p.m.).