FC Girondins de Bordeaux and AS Roma meet at the Stade Chaban-Delmas with both sides looking to kick-start their UEFA Champions League campaigns having opened Group A with defeats on Matchday 1.
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The two teams who made losing starts in Group A come face to face at the Stade Chaban-Delmas looking to restore some faith in their UEFA Champions League campaign. For FC Girondins de Bordeaux the Matchday 1 disappointment came in the size of their defeat, 4-0 away to Chelsea FC, while AS Roma would not have expected to lose to competition debutants CFR 1907 Cluj.
• Bordeaux, competing in their third UEFA Champions League campaign, knew it was going to be a tough first game at the home of the London club who finished runners-up last season. They were two goals down by the half-hour mark, to Frank Lampard (14) and Joe Cole (30), and conceded two more late on with Florent Malouda (82) and Nicolas Anelka (90+2) finding the net.
• In their previous campaign in 2006/07, the French club also began without a goal to their name – although a 0-0 draw away to Galatasaray AŞ was a satisfactory result – and in fact failed to score in any of their first four games. Laurent Blanc's team will hope to get off the mark at home to last season's Serie A runners-up. In 1999/00 Bordeaux began the first group stage with another goalless draw at AC Sparta Praha, but then won their next three fixtures and finished top of the section.
• Luciano Spalletti's team will also be desperate to make good the mistakes of two weeks ago. They had started well enough against CFR, going ahead through an early Christian Panucci goal. However if the Rome crowd assumed that was the preamble to a straightforward victory they were left stunned by a double blow from Argentinian midfielder Juan Culio who equalised on 27 minutes before volleying the winner four minutes into the second half.
• Roma and Bordeaux met in the 1990/91 UEFA Cup third round and it resulted in a resounding victory for the Italian side, a 2-0 victory in south-west France completing a 7-0 aggregate triumph. Bordeaux have only tackled Serie A opponents twice previously in the European Champion Clubs' Cup. They came off second best to eventual winners Juventus in the 1984/85 semi-final, losing 3-0 in the first leg meaning a 2-0 home triumph was not enough. In the 1999/00 second group stage Bordeaux drew 0-0 at home to ACF Fiorentina and 3-3 in Florence. In a total of 12 games against Italian opponents Bordeaux have recorded three victories – all at home – with three draws and six defeats.
• Roma last played a competitive fixture in France in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League first knockout round second leg when they won 2-0 at Olympique Lyonnais, which was also the aggregate score. Overall, their record against French opposition reads three wins, three draws and one defeat.
• The Giallorossi, who are contesting their sixth UEFA Champions League campaign in eight years, experienced all three results in their away games in last season's group stage. They lost 1-0 at Manchester United FC, drew 2-2 away to Sporting Clube de Portugal and then beat FC Dynamo Kyiv 4-1 with Mirko Vučinić scoring twice. In the first knockout round they beat Real Madrid CF 2-1 away to seal a 4-2 aggregate triumph. They were paired with Manchester United again in the quarter-finals and a 1-0 loss at Old Trafford meant they bowed out of the competition 3-0 on aggregate.
• Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc was part of France's victorious team at UEFA EURO 2000™, beating Italy 2-1 in the final. Francesco Totti was in the opposing lineup and Vincenzo Montella appeared as a substitute.
• As a player with Olympique de Marseille, Blanc reached the 1998/99 UEFA Cup final losing to an Italian side, Parma FC. In the semi-final, against more Serie A opposition in Bologna FC, it was Blanc's penalty with three minutes remaining that earned Marseille a 1-1 draw and ensured they went through on away goals.
• Roma defender Panucci and Blanc were team-mates at FC Internazionale Milano in 1999/00.
• The other Matchday 2 fixture in Group A features CFR and Chelsea.