Ricardo stays upbeat
By Laurent Picard & Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ricardo remains confident Bordeaux can see off Osasuna to progress in the Uefa Cup.
Bordeaux coach Ricardo remains confident his side can see off Osasuna to progress in the Uefa Cup.
The French club delivered a lacklustre performance in drawing 0-0 at home to Osasuna in the first leg of their last 32 tie on Wednesday.
Ricardo had been keen to build up an advantage ahead of next week's trip to Spain, but is staying upbeat about Bordeaux's European prospects.
"It has been a very close match," said Ricardo. "During the first half, we have had a few chances, interesting situations, but in the second, it has been more difficult.
"I was expecting that kind of difficulty because of all the changes. We lacked physical freshness.
"I announced that we needed a one or two-goal advantage, so the second leg is going to be very difficult. I am hopeful and I count on everybody."
Meanwhile, Vladimir Smicer admits he was surprised to last 65 minutes of the draw after suffering from a sore throat.
Smicer said: "To me, it has been a surprise to play. I was in bed last week and I am still on antibiotics.
"I have had just two training sessions in three weeks, so it has not been that easy.
"I tried to be decisive, but I missed some power in the last gesture. Anyway, I am happy to have played."