The clash between the two Ligue 1 giants lived up to the hype. There was drama, goals, and great play. Did OM play well and earn this result, or did OM allow 2 additional points to slip by? Click the title for Analysis and Player Ratings.
Tifo before the game, saluting the victims of the attacks in Paris. Courtesy of Fred_Tempier on Twitter.
Here is my lineup for OM against AS Monaco.
Michel incorporated a 4-2-3-1 against Saint-Étienne, with several key changes to personnel and placement. Let us explore what we learned from this game and what could help turn the season around.
OM, in a tough environment and facing a solid opponent, displayed the performance OM fans have been waiting for. The team showed determination and drive, while also producing many chances in attack. If OM continues to play like this, the season could yet be turned around. Continue reading for analysis and player ratings.
Now that we have settled into the 2015 season, it is a good time to check on the status of the team. Here is where the team stands:
- OM sits in 13th place, with 15 points from 13 games
- OM has lost 6 of 13 games this season
- OM is currently averaging 1.15 points/game
- OM has scored 18 goals in 13 games
- OM has let in 14 goals in 13 games
Compared to last season, these stats are signs of a disaster. What are the issues facing the team? Lets look at each sector of the team.
In a crucial game against a strong opponent, OM showed that there is little drive and talent to push for a European spot. There was little offensive cohesion, an invisible midfield and an inconsistent defense. In a team where the problems seem to be all over the field, it is difficult to find a specific reason for OM’s shortcomings this season.