With a few injuries, a struggling team, and enraged fanbase, OM prepares to face off in Marseille against a quick and talented Rennes side. While OM fans can immediately predict that OM will yet again tie this game 1-1, this could be a wild game. Rennes love to attack, and OM tend to perform better against teams that open up their game. OM fans (unless they sit this one out) will also get to witness a new talent in Ousmane Dembélé. The 18-year old has been lighting it up for le Stade Rennais all season. Should be a fun game, at the least.
Hooray, another draw! OM struggled all day against a creative and determined Lorient team. Thanks, yet again, to Mandanda, OM was able to avoid defeat. However, with 15 draws in 30 games, it is clear that this season has been a poor one. The lack of a winning instinct has cost this team any chance of a European spot. Okay, back to the game review.
Nkoudou against Lorient. Source – om.net
This OM team, having missed numerous chances to move up the table this season, now find themselves in a tough position. With little hope for a podium finish remaining, les Marseillais must find motivation from a different source: desperation. With many fans fed up with the lack of cohesion and efficiency in the team, the pressure on the team has risen to high levels. With Lorient even in points, this will be a tough match. This young Marseille team will have to show newfound maturity and grit in order to win. Will it happen? We shall see…
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This OM team is a broken record. Again, OM faced a beatable Ligue 1 side. Again, OM wasted several good chances. Again, OM managed to score. And again, OM managed to achieve another draw. This team has no mental strength. With half the team destined to end their loan spells or be sold to bigger clubs, this season just feels like it can’t end soon enough. Review and Ratings to follow.
Source – om.net
OM faces off in the rescheduled Gazélec game. After yet another disappointing and revealing tie at home, all momentum that was felt after Bilbao is now diminished. The fans are fed up, and the team seems to be stuttering towards a mid-table finish. Champions League is now 8 points away, and given the form of this team, that may be an insurmountable distance to cover before the end of the season. However, as this is a makeup game, a win today would bring OM 5 points away from a CL spot. Doable, but can we expect it from this team? Time will tell. Preview and Lineup to follow.
Victoire imperative ! Source – om.net
At the end of the OM-Toulouse match, there was an air of finality as the final whistle was blown. The flaws that have plagued the team this entire season, deemed correctible, revealed themselves yet again in the 1-1 draw. Week after week, the team has said it will correct these issues, without success. Let us look at where the club is at, including the team and the fans.
Source – om.net
Here are links to reviews of the game. OM secured itself a spot in the semi-final against Sochaux. Due to the time of the game, I could not watch it. Allez l’OM !
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OM faces off against petit Granville in a quarter-final of la Coupe de France. Granville currently plays in CFA2. To give you an idea of the difference between the two teams, OM’s reserve team won a group in the CFA2 category last year. However, OM has fallen to small teams in this tournament before (Carquefou), so any idea that this will be an easy game is wrong. With already playing in a tough game against FCBB, OM must be efficient and serious against this small Cinderella side. Preview and Lineup to follow.
Photo of the Granville coastline, courtesy of francethisway.com