Failing to be brilliant, OM was at least reassured by winning this Friday evening in Strasbourg, opening the 10th day of Ligue 1. Three days after having hit rock bottom in Porto (3-0) , their 12th defeat in a row in the Champions League, the Marseillais signed a 6th game in a row without losing in the league. And extinguished, for a time, the crisis that had been brewing since Wednesday around this team.
André Villas-Boas had made strong choices, leaving the very disappointing Payet and Benedetto to kick off on his 4-4-2 diamond bench. Terribly harmless, OM lacked everything, creativity, talent and impact. The absence of a binder in the middle prevents the Marseillais from building any movement worthy of the name. For his first start of the season in L1, Valère Germain spared no effort but he had almost no ball. The consequence of this football porridge is this terrible statistic: OM never shot on goal in the first period. Distressing…
Little more dashing in this sad meeting, Strasbourg is nevertheless a little more enterprising. On a shot enveloped by Caci, Mandanda, who seemed beaten, is saved by his cross (56th).
Sanson’s liberating goal
Faced with his system that did not work, Villas-Boas learned the lessons. He brings in Benedetto and Payet, who is in support of the two attackers. A winning coaching. Payet, who tears off to cross and Benedetto who makes a nice return of the head, are at the origin of the beautiful victorious end of Sanson (0-1, 72nd). Lightning in the Marseille night. OM scored on their first shot of the match. In added time, Strasbourg could have benefited from a penalty for Amavi’s foul on Zohi. The lack of reaction from Mr. Hamel provoked the anger of Strasbourg residents who remain at the bottom of the ranking.
Solidity, great efficiency and individualities that can sometimes make the difference. If in the Champions League, this team does not have the weapons to exist, the recipe is enough, for the moment, to stay at the top of the league table. But it is not very glorious.
“We did not play a great game, but we were at least present in the fight and the duels, recognizes Valère Germain. Tonight, we take, but we will have to do better in the game. But with these three points, we continue in the league. We will have to put the same ingredients in the Champions League because it is not normal. “
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