OM 2-0 ACA
Last weekend Marseille picked up only their 2nd league win of the season against AC Ajaccio. A well taken brace from Andre Ayew helped alleviate some of the negativity around the club that had seen some fans pushing for the sacking of manager Didier Deschamps earlier in the week.
Deschamps on Lucho
Ahead of the Marseille-Ajaccio match Didier Deschamps had called on Lucho to improve his performances stating ‘he knows that he is capable of doing better’*. The Argentinian playmaker has registered a number of below-par performances this season, which has resulted in him being substituted or starting from the bench a number of times. There is no coincidence that Lucho’s drop in form has come at the same time that OM have looked rather stagnant in attack. Deschamps and Marseille fans alike will hope that Lucho can rediscover his form from last season and help OM push on and begin collecting some points this season.
OM 4-0 RC Lens
Last night Marseille picked up a morale boosting 4-0 win against Ligue 2 strugglers RC Lens to progress into the next round of the Coupe de la Ligue. Deschamps decided to give Andre-Pierre Gignac some game time and the decision paid off with Gignac scoring inside the first 15 minutes and looked lively throughout. Jordan Ayew scored on 68 before Remy picked up another 2 goals in the final 10 minutes. Although OM should always looked to have won this game, the performance and comfortable score-line should help to continue to build confidence from the Ajaccio game ahead of their winnable but far from easy game against Dijon this weekend.
This week has seen a number of reports about players coming in and out of the Stade Velodrome, most notably Andre Ayew, known to be keen to leave OM, linked with Arsenal and Inter Milan. Arsenal have also been linked with want-away playmaker Lucho Gonzalez, while Arsenal’s out of favour former Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh has been linked with a possible loan move back to Ligue 1 with OM.
This Saturday Marseille travel to Dijon, who will be high on confidence after their encouraging displays over the past 2 weekends against high flyers Montpellier and PSG. Stay tuned for a match preview coming shortly.
Swanny (@OMarseilleUK & @Andrew_Js3)
*Thanks to Ligue1.com