Against weak opposition (Lorient is in 20th place), l’OM ended one of the worst weeks in recent memory with a win. After losing 5-1 at home against PSG and then 3-4 against Monaco mid-week, Marseille was (finally) able to win convincingly against a weak opponent. While wins like this can feel fruitless due to the opposition’s ability, it is important for OM to win (and score multiple goals a game) in order to have a chance of making Europa Ligue. Here are my takeaways from today.
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Great Finishing (videos of goals at end of article)
One of the only bright spots during this horrible week for Marseille was the scoring against Monaco. With the transfer window far away, the only way for Marseille to secure wins will be with high scoring. With Gomis injured and Payet still finding his form (and fitness, from the looks of it), OM has struggled to find the goals it needs to put away games. With the defense playing very poorly, there is even more pressure to score at least 2-3 goals a game for a chance to win.
Against Lorient, OM’s attack came alive in a big way. With two goals from corners in the first half (including a stunning lob from Payet), Lorient was pressed to push forward in the second half. Great countering movement and passing allowed Thauvin to get tons of space out wide. In one instance, Thauvin takes on the defender, cuts outside, and opens his body for a beautiful curler into the left side of the net. A few minutes later, Thauvin finds himself in a similar position, and passes across the face of goal for Sanson to tap the ball in. Both times, the midfield moved the ball forward quickly, allowing Thauvin to get in behind Lorient’s defensive backs. With the team struggling to possess the ball, getting the ball through each line of the midfield and attack quickly is the key to catching opposing teams out of position.
Thauvin – 1 Goal, 3 Assists!
Florian Thauvin has always given his all on the field. With this determination and work ethic, he has now begun to become more efficient with goal-scoring, and a better passer. Throughout his career, Thauvin’s talent has been undeniable undeniable, but he often struggled to get on the score/assist sheet. Today, he added more numbers to his best season yet. His goal was impressive, but his corners and assist to Sanson are what put the game out of reach. Often criticized for choosing to dribble, Thauvin proved today that he can be the supplier his team needs.
Defense Slips Up (Again)
Averaging 1 goal per game this season, Lorient was the ideal game for Marseille to earn a clean sheet. Dominating for most of the game, and up 4-0, it appeared that les Marseillais were on their way to a much-needed clean sheet. After allowing a couple chances in the 72nd minute, Lorient countered down the left flank. Pelé mistakenly charges out of his goal to challenge the winger. The Lorient winger crosses into the box to his striker, who strikes with his head. Pelé, caught out of position, fails to get back in time to cover the header. The worst part was that Pelé was jogging back. Though OM was up 4-0, this lack of urgency when facing a goal opportunity is simply unacceptable. Currently, 4th and 7th place in Ligue 1 are separated by 7 points. It is likely that goal difference will decide where OM finishes on the final day of the season. Letting up a late goal in a 4-1 win could be the difference between playing in Europe or not. Even more though, after letting up a combined 10 goals in the past two games, one would expect OM’s defense to be extremely motivated to earn a clean sheet. It appears we were mistaken.
Goals and Videos from Today
The fans after Rolando puts l’OM ahead
Payet makes it 0-2
Thauvin makes it 0-3 with a great finish
Morgan Sanson scores his first goal for OM, putting OM up 0-4
Pelé – 3
Sakai – 5
Rolando – 5.5
Sertic – 6
Bedimo – 6
Zambo – 6
Vainqueur – 5.5
Sanson – 7
Thauvin – 8
Payet – 7
Cabella – 6
Thanks for reading! Allez l’OM !