SM Caen – Girondins De Bordeaux: Caen Go Out With A Whimper (0-1)
For all that was at stake for the home side, their performance was very disappointing. Bordeaux’s fluid, yet structured, possession-based approach trumped Caen’s midfield and facilitated for complete control, relegating Caen to Ligue 2 in the process.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
With their safety already assured, the Bordeaux players could be forgiven for feeling a little distracted by the approaching summer break. That was far from the case for this match’s hosts, as Caen were still right within the midst of a heated relegation battle on the final day of the season.
Only a win could lift Caen from the bottom three, but even that was dependent upon Amiens SC’s result at home to already-relegated EA Guingamp. A draw would be enough to keep them in the play-off spot.
Caen coach Fabien Mercadal tweaked the starting eleven which lost 4-0 to Olympique Lyonnais last Saturday. The switch from a 4-2-3-1 setup to a more straightforward 4-4-2 shape saw Malik Tchokounté partner Enzo Crivelli up front. Frédéric Guilbert was dropped from the right side of midfield to right back, replacing Younn Zahary as Herman Moussaki came into the side in place of Saîf-Eddine Khaoui.
Bordeaux manager Paulo Sousa, restored the 3-4-3 setup which was used in their last victory, against Olympique de Marseille, at the beginning of April. Six consecutive losses later and the system was back in place, along with a whole host of changes. Gaëtan Poussin replaced Benoît Costil in-between the posts, Youssouf Sabaly moved back onto the left with Sergi Palencia replacing Maxime Poundjé. Pablo and Younousse Sankharé’s returns saw Toma . . .