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After the shambles of last season, the 16/17 campaign is shaping up to be another unpredictable one for Les Girondins. So far they have been rampant in the first hour against St Étienne, completely disorganised in the 4-1 Garrone derby defeat at Toulouse, blunt in attack in the 1-0 loss at home to Angers and fluid in their 3-1 victory at Parc OL.
This weekend their game with Caen showed that they can also be completely devoid of ideas; a Jaroslav Plasil header, free at the back post, being only opening of a dire 90 minutes of football.
Bordeaux have a lot of promise and have shown that they have many good qualities but are yet to put in cohesive consecutive performances or string their positive aspects together with any real consistency.
With Menez and Rolan in attack they have goals, with Malcom and Ounas in wide areas they have pace and unpredictability, with Plasil and Toulalan in midfield they have creativity and guile on the ball and in Pallois, Carrasso and Sertic they have a strong defensive core.
When they finally find way to coerce these areas of undeniable quality into a consistent, harmonious team, they will be a force to be reckoned with. But, until then, their season and their form will continue to be a rollercoaster ride, much like Donald Trump’s bid to become President of the United States.