Bordeaux coach Jocelyn Gourvennec was happy to have come away with a 2-1 win over Videoton FC in his side’s Europa League Third qualifying round first leg clash.
Younousse Sankhare (18, 33) scored both of Bordeaux’s goals either side of a 23rd minute strike from Marko Scepovic.
After the match, a delighted Gourvennec said: “It’s always good to win.
“We were up against a side playing their seventh match of the season. We played a good match, an accomplished match in which we only lacked a little bit of precision in our bid to widen the scoreline – which is perfectly understandable in your first game of the season.
“We lifted to the level of intensity that this kind of match calls for.
“If you’re playing the first leg at home, it’s always much better not to concede any goals, but in the end it was simply most important to get the win.
“The return leg will be a tough match. We have won the first one, and we know that in order to qualify, we will need to score goals in the second one.
“I would say our chances are like 50-50 except that they’re obliged to get a win and we’re not. They will have the home-ground advantage but we know that we can score an away goal at any moment.”
Videoton FC coach Marko Nikolic added: “It was a good match – you wouldn’t necessarily think it was one of the very first of our season.
“We managed to score at the right moment but Bordeaux have some very good players. We managed to get the better of them in midfield.
“I’m disappointed as this is my first defeat as coach of Videoton, but we still have a chance of qualifying in the return leg.
“I’d like to congratulate Bordeaux, who have an excellent team. Bravo to the coach and his staff. We saw a great match tonight and we will do our best to qualify in the return leg in Hungary.
“We’re expecting a packed stadium on Thursday and we’ll go all-out to cause an upset.”