le calvaire de Gaëtan Poussin, le gardien des Girondins

le calvaire de Gaëtan Poussin, le gardien des Girondins

In difficulty against Lyon (6-1) then against Saint-Etienne (2-2), the Girondins goalkeeper, Gaëtan Poussin, is the target of criticism from Bordeaux supporters. A difficult situation to live for the player trained at the club who inherits in spite of himself the conflict between his management, the Bordeaux Ultras and the international Benoît Costil.

He is the symbol of a club in disarray. Since the frustrating draw of the Girondins de Bordeaux against Saint-Etienne (2-2) this Wednesday, a flood of criticism and mockery have been aimed at Gaëtan Poussin. Whether on social networks or in the media, the performance of the 23-year-old goalkeeper is singled out. Not at the level for observers of the Bordeaux club. Yet three weeks ago, the former French international under 21 was the main architect of the first clean sheet of the Bordeaux season in Lille.

Since then, two big balls against Lyon (6-1) and a non-stop performance against Saint-Etienne (2-2) have done more than tarnish his record. “Against Lyon, he made two mistakes, we can’t say anything and he accepts them even if it’s not easy at his age, confides his entourage. It’s not because he made two dumplings against Lyon that “He has to put everything behind him. We mustn’t forget everything he did well in a difficult context.”

Poussin’s entourage: “It leaves traces”

The pressure is enormous on Poussin’s shoulders and is intensifying. “It leaves traces but Gaëtan is mentally strong, continue his relatives. He tried to face the criticism but he is concerned about the collective situation more than his own.” The speech given by Poussin after the draw against Saint-Etienne remains the same, to keep Bordeaux in Ligue 1. In a post-match press conference, his coach David Guion again affirmed that the choice to align Poussin as the number 1 was a sporting decision. “There is competition practically on the eleven positions, as well as the attacker as the medium, as the defender, and the goalkeeper, he detailed. These are sporting choices on my part, and I fully assume. It’s my choice.”

Paradoxically, the young goalkeeper pays for the treatment reserved for Benoît Costil for four games. If in January, Poussin had played his role rather well by replacing Costil while he was injured, the situation has changed in recent weeks. The French international should no longer wear the Girondins jersey until the end of the season. And even if the staff insists that it is a sporting choice, several sources report a decision of the management which would have affirmed to the Ultramarines after the incidents during the reception of Montpellier that: “Costil will no longer wear the Jersey.”

Costil resigned to finishing the season on the bench

A decision that is not unanimous among Bordeaux supporters. Even among the Ultramarines, who have still not revealed evidence of racist acts by Costil and Koscielny, the case of the former Rennais is debated. “Gaëtan is held responsible for Ben Costil’s situation, analyzes a source close to the club. He has nothing to do with it. He has always been top in his role as number 2. It’s not his fault if it’s “It’s over with Costil. He plays and he tries to be the best in every game.” The understanding between Benoît Costil and Gaëtan Poussin has always been very good and despite his age, the goalkeeper from Le Mans is even a player who counts in the locker room. “He is one of the leaders, we breathe. He has been there for a long time. He is a lover of the Girondins, he will be one of the most affected if Bordeaux goes down.”

Poussin should be kept in Nantes

In Nantes this Sunday, Gaëtan Poussin should once again start in the Bordeaux goal unless the situation turns around and will have to overturn public opinion. If the Girondins are brought down to the lower floor, the goalkeeper could join the future Ligue 2 project while he still has a year left on his contract. For his part, Benoît Costil continues to train normally with the same professionalism. The former Caennais no longer communicates with David Guion or his sports director Admar Lopes sign of a major fracture. He remains, however, at the disposal of the club. After five seasons with the Girondins and 179 games, the former captain of the Marine et Blanc seems resigned to ending the season on the bench. With regret.

by Nicolas Paolorsi in Bordeaux

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