Bordeaux boss Blanc ready to use B team

PARIS - Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc said he was prepared to send his B team to play a delayed League Cup semi-final next week after the French League turned down his request to ease the crowded calendar.

Blanc unsuccessfully asked officials to move a Ligue 1 match against Auxerre from February 20 to February 19 to allow his players an extra day to prepare for a Champions League second-round tie at Olympiakos on February 23.

The French champions must also play a League Cup semi-final at Lorient on February 17 and Blanc told a news conference on Monday:

"I am ready to send the B team. We are going to play four matches over 10 days."