Quick note: I could not post a review of Lille-OM as I was unable to watch the game. Time difference makes it impossible to watch games during the week.
Each week, we are witnessing a different OM team. Against Lyon, we saw an OM that was gritty, effective, and determined. Against Lille, we saw a lifeless, slow mess of a team. Despite all this, OM remains 6 points away from a Champions League spot. However, if the team’s consistency does not improve, 6 points could well be unreachable. Preview to follow.
Photo courtesy of football.fr.
Having played in January, these two teams know each other very well. Despite winning that game 2-0, Marseille did not dominate and Montpellier looked dangerous. Expect more of the same, as this Montpellier side has beaten OM many times over the past few years. They are a gritty team and know how to counter. With youth products constantly in the lineup, there are always young players looking to prove themselves. OM must exact its ability on this young team.
Despite sitting in 17th place, MHSC is only 6 points behind OM. As we have seen, standing means very little this season, with 4th and 17th place being separated by only 11 points. 13 teams, all grouped within 11 points of each other. Also, this OM team seems to choose its games this season, playing well against PSG, Monaco, Lyon, and Saint-Étienne, but then struggling against others. That is not a good sign for a team that aspires for third place. This season, every win counts. Judging by the performances (especially at home), this OM team has not applied that idea. With minot Rabillard at striker in his first ever start for the senior team, fans will watch with curiosity to see if this youngster can help provide a spark. Video below shows his tying goal against Lille.
Dja Djédjé – Nkoulou – Rolando – Manquillo
Isla – Romao
Sarr – Cabella – Nkoudou
Merci, et allez l’OM !