The votes have been counted up, so can we start by thanking everyone who took their time to vote for Marseille’s Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season. In the end it became quite close between 2 players in each category with Cesar Azpilicueta coming a close 2nd in the Young Player category and Mathieu Valbuena 2nd in the (Senior) Player voting. The winners were as follows: Continue reading
Despite Marseille performing poorly on the pitch this season, and arguably not doing too well off it either with boardroom riffs and management criticisms, there have been a few shining lights amidst the doom and gloom. A number of individuals have improved, and pulled out consistent performances. Continue reading
Boudebouz Stunner Saves Sochaux Against Sorry Marseille
Ryad Boudebouz struck a superb 55th minute shot to give the home side a final day victory and save them from the drop to Ligue 2.
Neither side had created too many chances during the first half as both Sochaux and Marseille struggled to make the opposition ‘keeper work. For Marseille, Gignac and Jordan Ayew both came close but showed exactly why they have only netted 4 league goals between them this season. For Sochaux, they managed to get themselves in good positions. Sloppy OM defending gifting them free-kicks in dangerous areas, however, poor delivery from Marvin Martin ensured that nothing troubled Mandanda.
Sochaux started the second half the brightest and this paid off as a weak cleared header from Fanni set itself up for Boudebouz to volley and give Mandanda no chance. Marseille continued to grind out half chances with both Gignac and Sabo guilty of poor finishing. Unfortunately Stephane Mbia was red carded in the 85th minute for a heavy challenge, that in truth, looked worse than it was.
Sochaux managed to see out the remaining time without conceding and ensured their own safety in Ligue 1 as Caen, Dijon and Auxerre were relegated. Congratulations must be given to Montpellier who grasped the Ligue 1 title, who were one of the best teams Marseille have faced all season.
Full report to follow
Ligue 1; Week 38 results
Auxerre 1-2 Montpellier
Evian 0-1 Brest
Lille 4-1 Nancy
Lorient 1-2 PSG
Lyon 3-4 Nice
Rennes 5-0 Dijon
Saint-Etienne 2-3 Bordeaux
Sochaux 1-0 Marseille
Toulouse 0-2 Ajaccio
Valenciennes 3-1 Caen
Time: 21:00 (20:00 UK)
Venue: Stade Bonal, Montbeliard
Marseille away form: P18, W4, D5, L9, F19, A25, Pts17 (11th)
Sochaux home form: P18 W4, D4, L7, F20, A24, Pts25 (17th)
Marseille restored some pride by beating Nancy 1-0 at Le Stade Velodrome. This was their first ligue win since January 29th and it had been a long wait for OM fans to see their side pick up 3 points again. An excellent 1st half display paved the way for success, really we should’ve been 2 or 3 goals up by the break. Nancy improved after halftime and had chances to equalise, but Deschamps’ men managed to hold on for a 1-0 victory.
Marseille v Nancy – Match Preview
Time: 19:00 (18:00 UK)
Venue: Stade Velodrome, Marseille
Marseille home form: P17, W6, D7, L4, F22, A15, Pts25 (13th)
Nancy away form: P16 W5, D3, L8, F13, A18, Pts18 (9th)
Once again Marseille will take to the field at the Stade Velodrome on the back of another questionable performance and defeat, this time at the hands of 13th placed FC Lorient after a 2-1 reverse last Friday. Performances of late have been poor, chances limited and confidence at an all time low. It remains to be seen what atmosphere, if any, the fans will create after most opted to boycott the journey north to Lorient. Tonight’s opponents come in the form of 10th placed AS Nancy Lorraine. When the teams last met, before the winter break, Marseille ran out 3-1 victors in what was arguably one of their most assured performances of the season. Marseille will undoubtedly need to repeat this form if they are to pick up anything against Nancy who have not been defeated in their last 9 games and have picked up huge victories against Montpellier and PSG during that time. Continue reading
Does anyone actually remember January 29th 2012? That might seem like a bizarre question but it does having a meaning for OM fans, it was the last time the team won a ligue 1 match. Yes, it’s been that long ago since Didier Deschamps’ men managed to pick up 3 points domestically. The hope prior to this Lorient match was that OM could at least finish the season fairly strongly and a trip to Le Stade Moustoir looked like a decent chance to end their barren winless streak. Continue reading