The view from France

Bordeaux currently corked

September 7, 2011
By Paul Marshall
It's probably fair to say the gruff, tell-it-like-it-is Bordeaux coach Francis Gillot is not a fan of Swan Lake, though you would suspect he does some of his best motivational work wielding a nutcracker. "Instead of playing in ballet shoes, they're going to put on their boots," was Gillot's unambiguous post-mortem of his team's timid surrender to Saint-Etienne in the League Cup last week. The players reacted by putting shinpads on for training. "I didn't make them do it, they felt they should do ...

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