OM 2-0 Rennes: OM Finds a Way

After a difficult first half, OM looked like it was on its way to another disappointing result. However, good spells of possession and two excellent goals in the second half allowed OM to coast to an important victory. As the team moves forward without Bafetimbi Gomis (16 goals this season), goals will be high on the priority list. With today’s performance, les Marseillais are on the right track. Continue reading for player ratings and thoughts.

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Photo Sourced from @OM_English

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OM 0-0 Bordeaux: My Quick Reaction + Video Résumé

Hi all! I unfortunately could not watch the match but had a couple quick takeaways from the highlights.

  1. Over 50,000 supporters were at the game, bringing the ambiance back that has been missing since Bielsa left
  2. Lopez and Thauvin are developing a good partnership on the right flank that could have positive implications for this season and seasons to come
  3. The defense has improved dramatically under Garcia – displayed by two clean sheets in a row against two good teams
  4. 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
  5. Enjoy the résumé below!

PSG 0-0 OM: My Thoughts

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…

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Garcia – om.net

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OFFICIAL: Rudi Garcia to Coach l’OM

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.

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source – caughtoffside.com

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OM 2-1 Nantes Review and Ratings

What a rollercoaster! After letting in a goal in the first 3 minutes, OM showed resilience, and grabbed 2 goals to take the lead. However, as full-time approached, OM allowed Nantes to pile on chances, and nearly get an equalizer. Despite the typical struggles, OM’s attack is showing lethality, and the defense is improving (slowly). Continue on for review and player ratings.

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Source – om.net

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OM 0-0 OL: A Frustrating Step in the Right Direction

Upon the final whistle, I wasn’t sure if I felt pleased or frustrated. It turns out, it was a bit of both. OM and a weakened OL battled out to an intense 0-0 draw. Both sides had glorious chances that were wasted, and both teams showed a lot of spirit. OM has improved in the defense and midfield, displaying more solidity in the back and an encouraging passing game in the middle. However, while the attack did a good job of creating chances, the lack of a killer instinct in front of goal is a concern for this season. Let’s look at some highlights of the game.

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Source – om.net

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Nice 3-2 OM: An Encouraging Loss

OM battled and battled against Nice, but ultimately fell due to an error in the last minute. While this game will inspire rage and despair at the result, I found it to be encouraging. This OM side showed remarkable character and ability against a Nice side that included Mario Balotelli and Danté. Both teams mounted impressive attacks, and both defenses were put under immense pressure. The deadlock could only be broken by a Pelé error in the 88th minute that offered Nice the victor. Despite the result, I am feeling more optimistic about OM’s season. Click, “Read More”, to continue.

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