I personally don't like to have loanees taking a place that I could use to develop a player of mine, but he seems to be a nice player indeed
Away Goals See Dortmund into Quarter Final
Girondins de Bordeaux have been knocked out of the Champions League following a 0-0 draw at Signal Iduna Park in the Round of Sixteen.
The round ended 3-3 on aggregate after a highly entertaining First Leg at Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux.
Dortmund had a clear advantage on away goals going into the second leg but all Bordeaux had to do was just sneak one goal ahead and their job to reach the Quarter-Finals would be done.
However, key players such as Faycal Benahmed, Stéphane Pruvost and Brahim Díaz were all out for the return leg due to suspensions they had picked up from bookings in the First Leg.
This meant that McDonald had to play third-choice centre-back Krystian Bielik, second-choice attacking midfielder Gaetano Di Paolo and a makeshift central midfield engine of Bordeaux Under-19s’ Julián Rizzi and winger Filip Stevanovic.
The immensely weakened Bordeaux team held strong in the Second Leg but they needed a goal to succeed. Things went worse for Bordeaux from the 70th minute mark, though as both Dupont’s were sent off, leaving Bordeaux to play out the game with nine men.
Right-back Enzo Dupont was sent off for a bad tackle on Man of the Match Gustavo Villani in the 75th minute before on-loan left-winger Benjamin Dupont received his second booking for persistent fouling ten minutes later, ensuring that Bordeaux’s attacking force was severely cut back.
The aggressive play on show from McDonald’s men led to six bookings throughout the 90 minutes and this was picked up on by Lucien Favre who stated that he admired McDonald as a manager but his team were playing far too dirty.
This spells the end of Bordeaux’s 2026/27 European adventure as Barcelona, Manchester City and Liverpool all confirmed their places in the Quarter-Finals.
Bordeaux’s divisional rivals Paris Saint-Germain are set to play the Second Leg against current Champions League holders Internazionale on the 17th March, with Rudi Garcia’s team gaining a two-goal advantage over the Serie A side.
Scott: Absolutely, the summer needs to be that time and I'm sure we'll find one.
Seb: With a limited spending power, loan deals are the main way to get quality in! Without a doubt, Chelsea will be very cautious about letting a homegrown, talented midfielder go.
Tango: I see loans as a sort of trial period, as we saw with Abboubi - if they're good enough they become permanent or they return on loan for another season.