Sousa: 'Totally committed'
Girondins de Bordeaux will be out to secure the first round of 16 berth in the Coupe de France as they travel to National (D3) side Pau FC on Thursday night, and coach Paulo Sousa expects a lot from his players.
Paulo Sousa's side may have secured the services of promising forward Rémi Oudin from Stade de Reims over the weekend, but it wasn't enough to prevent them falling 2-1 at home to Lyon on Saturday evening - their fourth league loss in a row.
The Portuguese coach is now faced with what on paper is a much easier task - third-division Pau FC, with up-and-coming young midfielder Yacine Adli and defender Edson Mexer back from injury - but is focused on more than the result at the Stade du Hameau in Pau at 20:55 CET.
"To kick off an upward spiral, we have to give more. I said it before the Lyon match, but I'll say it again: only the players who convince me that they are totally committed will play. The others will have to change their mentality," he explained before turning his attention to the opposition, who currently sit fourth in the Championnat National.
'Anything can happen'
"They've only lost two games this season. They're used to winning, and they'll be playing at home. It's a completely different competition and anything can happen. I think it will depend a lot on our individual attitudes."
Les Girondins' next league challenge looms on Sunday, 26 January: a trip to face in-form FC Nantes, who have kicked off 2020 with consecutive wins in the Coupe de France and Ligue 1 Conforama.