Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Girondins plan The Italian Job
One of my favourite cult films of all time is "The Italian Job".
Set in Turin, Michael Caine utters one of the best known one-liners in cinema history.
Well, tonight in the intimidating Stadio Olimpico the Girondins de Bordeaux are planning a smash and grab of their own against Juventus.
The omens are against them.
Juventus have never lost to French opposition on their home turf and Bordeaux have come away from their last five trips to Italy with the grand total of zero points.
However, it's a long time since we last tasted defeat and a boring nil-nil draw would more than suffice.
All eyes will be on our star player, Yoann Gourcuff, who came from AC Milan and is sure to receive a warm reception. He's a cracking player and what better stage to show that he's up there with Kaka, Ronaldo, Messi and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Maybe I'm a dreamer but I have this clear vision of Laurent Blanc taking him off after 89 minutes with the immortal words:
"You were only supposed to score a bloody hat-trick".