It may only be the opening night of the Europa League but Gregory Sertic believes Bordeaux have to get a positive result at Eintracht Frankfurt if they are to stand any chance of progressing to the knockout stage.
The 24-year-old midfielder, who this week signed a contract extension to keep him at the Stade du Moustoir until 2017, has watched helplessly while Bordeaux made a terrible start to their domestic campaign - a broken ankle keeping him out of three defeats, one draw and a solitary win.
Sertic knows something needs to change at Frankfurt's Commerzbank-Arena if Les Girondins are to pull out of an early nosedive and, with Apoel Nicosia and Maccabi Tel-Aviv offering more stiff opposition in Group F, he reckons the French club have "no choice" but to pick up points on Thursday night.
He told Bordeaux's official website: "If we continue like this, things will only get more complicated.
"This has not been a good start to the season and we will have to start again. We have a good chance to do that with this European match.
"We'll have to win to give ourselves the best possible chance to reach the last 16. We have no choice, we need to take points home. That's the challenge that lies ahead."
Boss Francis Gillot should name an attacking line-up with Cheick Diabate and Henri Saivet both included in the travelling squad, but left-back Jeremy Brechet is doubtful.
Frankfurt, meanwhile, have no fresh injury concerns with striker Vaclev Kadlec, who has scored three goals in as many games, starting in front of Takashi Inui. Srdjan Lakic and Joselu could drop to the bench.
The 1980 UEFA Cup winners sealed their return to the competition with a two-legged play-off win over Qarabag following their sixth-placed finish in Bundesliga.