Bordeaux boss Francis Gillot is hoping a week's break will reinvigorate his side as they seek a return to winning ways against his former club Sochaux tomorrow night.
Les Girondins' run of three successive victories without conceding a goal came to an end at Montpellier last weekend, a 1-0 setback which saw them slip to fifth in the Ligue 1 standings.
A home clash against a Sochaux side currently residing in the relegation zone provides the perfect opportunity to get back on track and Gillot believes their chances have been enhanced by a week-long build-up.
``We needed this break,'' he told girondins.com. ``I think it has made us feel better.
``Some players feel refreshed and on Wednesday we saw a real intensity to the training.
``I've seen players with freshness. It's nice to have a full week without a match.''
The hosts will be without Ludovic Obraniak and Landry Nguemo while there are doubts over Marc Planus and Henri Saivet.
Sochaux boss Eric Hely is hoping his players can bounce back from their 1-0 defeat at home to Nice and get a victory against his former mentor.
Hely worked under Gillot at the Stade Auguste-Bonal and remains a huge fan of the 62-year-old.
``I enjoyed working with him,'' Hely told www.20minutes.fr. ``It (our relationship) was very cordial, we collaborated and held a discussion every Friday morning to talk about players ahead of the weekend.
``He told me not to hesitate to ask questions and he would answer me honestly.
``He is a person I like, he is genuine.''