Why outburst from Bordeaux coach Gus Poyet has led to a one-week suspension

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Bordeaux manager Gus Poyet has been suspended for a week by the Ligue 1 club.

Bordeaux have suspended coach Gus Poyet for a week after he criticised the Ligue 1 outfit and accused them of selling a player behind his back.

Former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder Poyet took charge of Les Girondins in January and guided them to a place in the Europa League qualifiers.

But he upset the owners with an outpouring of anger aimed at their involvement in transfer dealings and has since been handed a one-week suspension.

Speaking at his press conference following a 2-1 Europa League qualifying win over Ukrainian outfit Mariupol, Poyet is reported to have claimed it was a “disgrace” that forward Gaetan Laborde had been sold to rivals Montpellier without his knowledge.

Poyet, who previously managed Brighton and Sunderland, was initially reported to have been sacked over the episode. That remains a possible future outcome after Bordeaux president Stephane Martin confirmed the suspension.

“We think he overstepped the mark,” Martin said at his own media briefing on Friday morning.

“The club has taken this decision. Concerning what led him to make these comments, that’s up to him, it’s for him to respond to that.

“You’ve been able to see the tension for two months but for the first six months there wasn’t any. The start of the transfer window marked the tensions which have only festered.

Poyet was Sunderland manager from 2013-15.

Poyet was Sunderland manager from 2013-15.

“It remains a surprise despite everything, an outburst as violent as that, after a victory. After such comments, it would seem complicated for me to act as if nothing happened.”

Martin did not rule out the potential of the situation being resolved amicably after announcing Poyet will meet with the club next week to discuss whether he will continue as boss.

Bordeaux later confirmed on their official website that fitness coach Eric Bedouet will take the reins for the Ligue 1 clash at Toulouse on Sunday, with Martin insisting no plans have been made to replace Poyet permanently.

“Listen, for the moment there is still a procedure which isn’t finished,” Martin added in his press conference, which was shown on Bordeaux’s website.

“Before talking about a future coach we have to wait until next Friday. At the moment we’re only talking about a lay-off.

“(Until) last night, changing coach wasn’t something we were thinking about. We are in particularly unusual circumstances, we’ve been caught off guard a little. Wait until next Friday.”

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Thomas Lemar

Thomas Lemar made his debut for Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night following his summer transfer from Monaco.

His signing was hailed as a coup for the club, and he showed why as his performance in midfield helped his side topple Champions League winners Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, with Diego Simeone’s side winning 4-2 after extra time.

The 22-year-old made an instant impact for his new club, impressing in midfield.

Here’s a closer look at how Lemar performed.

KEY STATS

Goals – 0

Assists – 0

Shots – 0

Pass Accuracy – 85%

Key Passes – 0

Dribbles – 3

30-SECOND REPORT

GOT RIGHT

Controlling possession – Lemar popped up everywhere, directing play from midfield for Atletico. It was somewhat of a departure from his usual role as a winger or playmaker, but given Atletico’s preference to play on the counter, Lemar will be asked to do this more often.

Defensive work rate – The 22-year-old seems to have bought into the Atletico ethos instantly. The young attacker could be seen constantly tracking back, at times picking up the ball just outside his own half. His performance answered any questions about whether he’d fit at Atletico.

GOT WRONG

The flair and excitement that Lemar is known for was missing in this display. He was too conservative on the ball at times, not looking to beat his man often enough or drift into spaces where he could put his pace to greatest effect.

Despite his own excellent performance, Atletico looked more dangerous once Lemar was taken off, with substitute attackers Vitolo and Angel Correa doing the damage for the side. Did Lemar curb his natural game too much?

VERDICT

This was a promising debut from Lemar. He showed how quickly he’s adapted to Atletico’s style of playing, even though it’s the polar opposite of the free-flowing attacking football he was used to at Monaco.

More importantly, the Frenchman showed a range of talents that were not always fully exploited at his former club, with an ability to dictate play from midfield a newfound aspect of Lemar’s game.

It was a bright performance that should have left Atletico feeling encouraged and excited.

RATING – 7/10

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Atletico reigned supreme over Real in the UEFA Super Cup.

Atletico Madrid won an early trophy to kick-off their season after beating Real Madrid 4-2 in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday night. In a thrilling game, extra-time goals from Saul and Koke saw Atletico edge ahead at the end.

Diego Costa scored after just 49 seconds to put Atletico in front before Karim Benzema equalised for Los Blancos midway through the first period.

A controversial penalty decision gave Madrid the chance to go ahead as Sergio Ramos stroked home, but it was that man Costa at it again, who rifled in the leveller.

Marcelo nearly won the game for Madrid with the last kick of normal time, but Atletico surged ahead after the restart, with their two star midfielders scoring to seal the trophy.

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