Yoann Gourcuff on the verge of breaking up

Yoann Gourcuff on the verge of breaking up
Yoann Gourcuff on the verge of breaking up

Most often of a self-effacing nature, Yoann Gourcuff shone like never before, fifteen years ago, to lead the Girondins to the sixth coronation in their history.

Yoann Gourcuff finally said yes. If his name had not been mentioned this winter, at the time of the announcement of the teams which will face each other this Tuesday at the Stade Chaban-Delmas for the 100th anniversary of Lescure, the former midfielder will indeed be celebration. He will rub shoulders with the Girondins’ other former glories of the club and his name should be celebrated like those of Alain Giresse, Zinedine Zidane, Christophe Dugarry or Pedro Miguel Pauleta.

Yoann Gourcuff was in fact the main architect of the last French championship title won by the Girondins in 2009 after a breathtaking end to the season, marked in particular by 11 victories in a row to end the season. It was necessary to dethrone Marseille on the penultimate day and this series was all the more unreal as on several occasions, Laurent Blanc’s men seemed close to breaking.

A mental question

This was particularly the case in Rennes, on April 29, where the Girondins won 3-2 at the very end of the match after having played most of the match outnumbered, in Valenciennes, on May 13, where Bordeaux was shaken as rarely before winning 2-1, or against Le Mans on May 17, the Bordelais finally winning 3-2 after once again falling behind. And each time, the Girondins were largely saved by Yoann Gourcuff, who scored goals like never before.

The Breton midfielder, whose primary role was to serve his attackers, went beyond his role to score in five matches in a row and don the hero’s costume. A development on which the person concerned spoke. “Since I just scored goals, I try to find myself at the conclusion… and in motion. But perhaps I work less in construction, where I prefer to be, he confided, adding: “Turning situations around is physically and mentally tiring. All you had to do was see the players at the end of the match. But there is no point in talking about physics anymore. With two matches remaining, it’s just a question of mentality. And I hope this mental strength will allow us to win the title. »

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