November 22, 2012
Bellion warns Bordeaux to stay focused
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.7||1.0|
|Goals against *||1.3||1.7|
|Last 5 home||L-D-W-W||L-W-W-W-W|
|Last 5 away||L-L-L-W||L-D-W-D-L|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Club Brugge | Bordeaux|
Bordeaux striker David Bellion has warned his team-mates not to put too much pressure on themselves in Thursday night's UEFA Europa Group D clash against Club Brugge, despite knowing a win will seal their progression to the knockout stages.
The Girondins are currently second in the group standings, one point behind Newcastle, with two wins, a draw and a defeat leaving them poised to secure a top-two finish.
A win over Brugge, who they defeated 4-0 in their opening Group D clash, will see them secure their place in the round of 32.
Bellion knows most of the hard work is done and has called for his side to approach the match like any other game and focus on only themselves.
"The coach told us to enjoy ourselves by getting this place (in the round of 32),'' Bellion told www.girondins.com.
"I think it's philosophy. This is a football game. Some players may be overwhelmed by the event because the competition is not the same as the French championship.
"We can be surprised by the opponent. At Newcastle, we struggled.
"The Belgian league has good teams and good players and we must be careful. In my view, we need to be focused on us first.
"It can be dangerous to lock onto the opponent. With our capabilities, we must rely on our game for imposing ourselves on to Bruges. In that way, we will take the fun and play for the fans too.
"When we play teams within our reach, we can do great things.''
Bordeaux have been enjoying a good run of form in their domestic competition and have climbed to second place in Ligue 1 after three wins in a row.
Brugge are in third place in Group D with four points and can still qualify for the Europa League knockout stages if they beat Bordeaux, but a loss would mean the end of their competition.
Brugge defensive midfielder Ryan Donk still believes his side can progress.
He told www.clubbrugge.be: "We want to take revenge on the 4-0 defeat at Bordeaux. I still believe we can go through to the next phase of the Europa League.
"It won't be easy, that's for sure, but it wasn't easy last year as well.''