Tigana resigns and Puel does Lille a favour
They say it only takes a second to score a goal. In Jean Tigana’s case it only takes 30 minutes to lose your job. The weekend started with Tigana’s Bordeaux realistically in with a chance of Europa League qualification next season. After a shambolic nine months with Tigana at the helm, it would have been at least some solace for the Bordeaux faithful to have something to get excited about over the summer.
Within less than half an hour those hopes were gone. It was a passing master-class from Sochaux at the Stade Chaban-Delmas. Marvin Martin, Ryad Boudebouz and Ideye Brown dismantled the frail Bordeaux defence with some terrific one touch football. Martin added two more assists to his impressive tally and Ideye scored two goals in one match for the first time this season.
Sochaux’s third goal scored by Boudebouz sparked a reaction from the home fans. Turning their back to show their displeasure was just the first step then after Ideye made it 4-0 with 15 minutes of the half still to go a large majority of the home support let their feet do the talking and left the stadium in disgust.
Luckily for those who stayed the result didn’t get any worse, however they did see the public argument between Tigana and centre-back Mickael Ciani. The change obviously made to try and stop the rot, Ciani however was not best pleased and he let Tigana know about it. The verbal spat clearly visible to all in the stadium would not have done much to protect the manager’s position within the club.
Shortly after the full time whistle the reports were being received the former Fulham coach had stepped down, stating to the press that his 16-year old daughter had received verbal abuse during the game and he was not willing to let this sort of behaviour continue, making his position unattainable.
Coach Eric Bedouet has stepped in as caretaker boss. Rumoured successors to the throne are Morocco coach Eric Gerets and Auxerre manager Jean Fernandez. Whoever takes the role has a tough summer ahead. The team has little to no confidence left and without any stand out leaders it’s hard to see the situation getting better before it gets worse.
The Stade Gerland was the venue for this weekend’s epic encounter between Lyon and Marseille the “Classico” did not disappoint. Five goals, referee controversy, comebacks and a centre half volleying the winner. It really did have it all.
Marseille should have taken the lead early on; Andre Ayew looked to have controlled the ball by his chest before Remy applied the finish, referee Stéphane Lannoy thought otherwise, awarding Lyon a free-kick for handball. The decision spurned Lyon to play some excellent counter attacking football and they soon had the lead. Souleymane Diawara brought down Lisandro Lopez in the area; the Argentine took the penalty himself and continued his excellent scoring record against L’OM.
Against the run of play Lyon made it 2-0 in the second half. Another sweeping fast break found the excellent Cesar Delgado on the left he pulled Rod Fanni left and right before smashing the ball past Steve Mandanda to the delight of the home support.
Any regular Ligue 1 viewer knows not to count Marseille out of these situations and they quickly hit back. Jimmy Briand tried to stop the ball from going out for a corner but only managed to give the ball to Jordan Ayew; his low cross was converted past Hugo Lloris by Lucho Gonzalez.
Hugo Lloris then denied Loic Remy the equaliser with a tremendous one handed reaction save, the resulting corner was flicked on by substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac and Remy managed to bundle the ball off thigh then face and into the net. Odds on Marseille grabbing a winner at this point would have been extremely short.
Les Gones were not to be undone, cheered on by the raucous home support with six minutes to go they got the winner. A hopefully long ball played up front was knocked down to the edge of the box, defender and captain Cris reacted quickest and unleashed a rasping volley and sparked scenes of delight around the ground.
Lyon’s 3-2 win meant it was an excellent weekend for league leaders Lille. Their 1-0 away win at Nancy courtesy of an Eden Hazard free-kick leaves Marseille trailing Rudi Garcia’s men by four points and a significant goal difference in favour of Les Dogues.
The defeat leaves Nancy in the last relegation zone, rivals Caen and Monaco picked up a point against Lens and PSG respectively. With four games to go only Arles-Avignon relegated as it stands. Lens are nine points from safety, only a miracle will keep Les Sang et Or from playing in Ligue 2 next season.
Only four points currently separate Valenciennes in 12th to Nancy in 18th the next seven days will be huge at both ends of the table. Hopefully by next weekend it might be a little easier to predict who will finish where.