Bordeaux forward Marouane Chamakh – linked with moves to Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United – has hailed his team-mates after the French side sealed their place in the Champions League knockout stages.
Chamakh netted in stoppage time to clinch a 2-0 victory over Juventus at the Stade Gerland on Wednesday night as les Girondins cemented their place at the top of Group A.
Laurent Blanc’s side remain unbeaten in a group which has also seen them complete an impressive double over German giants Bayern Munich.
Bordeaux crashed out of the competition at the group stages last season, but Chamakh is delighted the French champions have stormed through to the last 16 this time around after accruing 13 points from their first five games.
And the Moroccan international – who has six goals to his name this season in all competitions – is now hoping for a mouth-watering tie with reigning European champions Barcelona.
“We wanted a good result and, above all, to play well for our fans,” he told UEFA.com.
“This is really satisfying. We’re top of the group and we’ve beaten Juventus, a truly great club.
“It’s just a moment of pure happiness for the players and the fans.
“We’ve learned a lot from last season’s campaign when we started badly and never recovered. We’ve kept the same players and have grown together.
“This season we’ve competed with Bayern and Juventus, so I think we’ll have a chance against any second-placed team [in the first knockout round].
“Then if we win that we can dream about a showdown against a big team like Barcelona in the quarters.”comments