Hi all! I unfortunately could not watch the match but had a couple quick takeaways from the highlights.
- Over 50,000 supporters were at the game, bringing the ambiance back that has been missing since Bielsa left
- Lopez and Thauvin are developing a good partnership on the right flank that could have positive implications for this season and seasons to come
- The defense has improved dramatically under Garcia – displayed by two clean sheets in a row against two good teams
- Marseille’s lack of scoring is developing into a problem. With the defense and midfield playing better, Gomis and co. need to start putting the ball into the back of the net consistently if OM wants to achieve anything this season
- Enjoy the résumé below!
While the Classique was a one-sided and dull affair, the post-game reactions were worth following. Naturally, PSG fans and media personalities were very critical of Garcia’s ultra-defensive approach. The lack of offensive movement from OM was deemed anti-jeu, or against the spirit of football (soccer). Even amongst the OM ranks, fans were split over being content with the result, and feeling dismayed by the lack of play generated by l’OM. While I understand most of the concern given the lack of an offensive threat from les Marseillais, I drew a lot of positives from this game…
Garcia – om.net
The Americans are wasting no time at the head of l’OM. In an impressive and swift move, McCourt and co. announced the appointment of Frenchman Rudi Garcia as head coach, effective immediately. A coach with vast experience in the French Ligue and with AS Roma, he is a perfect fit for the hot seat in Marseille. Continue reading to hear my takeaways from this move.
source – caughtoffside.com