It took that to save Private Petkovic. A player on fire. A player who comes out with an extraordinary match to avoid the Swiss coach being ousted from the Girondins de Bordeaux. The former coach of the Nati therefore owes his salvation to Ui-jo Hwang, his Korean striker, author of a spectacular hat-trick against Racing Club de Strasbourg (4-3). To thank his providential striker of the day, he even gave him a standing ovation in an almost empty Matmut Atlantique due to the gauges.
A few seconds earlier, Vladimir Petkovic had seen Ui-Hwang free the Marines and Whites with a sumptuous strike with the “Mbappé” closed foot at the entrance to the surface. And what about that of the 39th minute of play: a jewel of strike rolled up from the left in the small net of Sels. As Julien Stephan pointed out, his team beat above all by the “class of a player” this Sunday. “He played a perfect game, he got us out of trouble on several occasions”, savored his Swiss counterpart who could have said “got me out of trouble…” rather than us on this one. In any case, this hat-trick “gives hope for the future” to Petko’. Yes, the Marine et Blanc are still alive and their coach should spend a few more days in Gironde.
An individual title as a reward
Ui-jo Hwang too, even if it will be necessary to wait until January 31 to be completely sure to see him with the Bordeaux jersey until the end of the season. “The future, I don’t know. The most important thing is the present. I’m a football player. The rest I don’t care about. I leave that to my agent,” explained the Korean after the victory of the day. In the meantime, he will continue to “train to shoot a lot from afar”, one of his strengths, on the lawns of the Château du Haillan. Moreover, seeing him register this kind of big strikes “does not surprise” his young goalkeeper Gaëtan Poussin:
“He does exactly the same in training, left and right. In matches it pays off, I’m very happy for him because he doesn’t give up, he runs a lot for the team and he’s rewarded.”
– OptaJean (@OptaJean) January 23, 2022
Incidentally, Ui-jo Hwang becomes the top Asian scorer in Ligue 1 history with 27 goals. A nice title which rewards a player with an irreproachable state of mind since his arrival at the club in 2019 and who now has 27 goals and 7 assists in 77 L1 games with the Girondins. Almost decisive one out of two matches. Unfortunately for Vladimir Petkovic, his striker can’t do it all. If he is still the team’s first defender, he cannot defend for 11.
Petko still on borrowed time
This Sunday, the Marines and Whites conceded three more goals, which “disappoints” their coach. That’s 53 pawns in the bag in 22 games for the worst defense in the championship. But hey, at least this time, the people of Bordeaux “took off the white shirt and put on the blue shirt of the workers” for Petko and “nobody cheated, everyone ran” adds Poussin in order to offer himself a big relief and a point ahead of the jump-off in the standings. But beware, the sniper Ui-jo Hwang will not always be there to save the Gironde house and its tenant, Vladimir Petkovic. The Swiss would do well to find other snipers to last until the end of the season…
Everyone has their pass to the Girondins
It is this Monday that the vaccine pass will succeed the health pass in France. And top athletes are no exception. “In Ligue 1, according to our figures, there are 95% of players vaccinated”, confided Sylvain Kastendeuch, co-president of the UNFP, the union of professional footballers at 20 Minutes a few days ago. In the Girondins, we have even reached 100% since the start of the year. The last non-vaccinated members of the professional group have been vaccinated in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, the transfer window continues. The Navy and White could soon see Josh Maja and Edson Mexer leave after Samuel Kalu at Watford. For the second, the Bordeaux leaders received and accepted a loan offer from Fatih Karagümrük’s trick club. But according to information from 20 Minutes, the Mozambican defender doesn’t want to hear about a loan just yet. He wants a dry transfer to agree to leave a year and a half from the end of his contract.