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Europa League Draw

Having made it past Eskisehirspor and FC Sheriff in the Europa League qualifying round Marseille were drawn with Fenerbahçe, Mönchengladbach and AEL Limassol.

Marseille’s first game in the group stage will be on 20th September in Istanbul against Fenerbahçe. Amid controversy over match fixing and fan violence last season, Fenerbahçe still managed to finish 2nd behind Istanbul rivals Galatasaray. Notable players in their current squad are Moussa Sow, Alex and Dirk Kuyt.

The second game in the group stage will be at home against Cypriot side AEL Limassol. AEL finished 2 points clear in the Cypriot first division. APOEL finished second, and had managed to reach the Champions League ¼ finals last year, so AEL will be no pushovers.

On 25th October Marseille will visit Borussia Mönchengladbach. ‘Gladback finished 4th in the Bundesliga last season. Recognisable players for ‘Gladbach include Filip Daems and Luuk de Jong and they won their first game of the season 2-1 against Hoffenheim.

There is no doubt that Marseille’s Group C draw is one of the more difficult groups, however, Elie Baup will hope that his teams Champions League experience will put them in a good position to qualify. It will also be good to get the toughest fixture, Fenerbahçe away, out of the way first.

Marseille Europa League fixtures:

20th September – Fenerbahçe v Marseille

4th October – Marseille v AEL

25th October – Mönchengladbach v Marseille

8th November – Marseille v Mönchengladbach

22nd November – Marseille v Fenerbahçe

6th December – AEL v Marseille

 

Europa League Groups:

Group A
Liverpool (England)
Udinese (Italy)
Young Boys Berne (Switzerland)
Anzhi Makhachkala (Russia)

Group B
Atletico Madrid (Spain)
Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Israel)
Viktoria Plzen (Czech Rep)
Académica de Coimbra (Portugal)

Group C
Marseille
Fenerbahçe (Turkey)
Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)
AEL Limassol (Cyprus)

Group D
Bordeaux
Club Brugge (Belgium)
Newcastle United (England)
Marítimo (Portugal)

Group E
Stuttgart (Germany)
Copenhagen (Denmark)
Steaua Bucuresti (Romania)
Molde (Norway)

Group F
PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Napoli (Italy)
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine)
AIK Solna (Sweden)

Group G
Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)
Basel (Switzerland)
Genk (Belgium)
Videoton (Hungary)

Group H
Inter Milan (Italy)
Rubin Kazan (Russia)
Partizan (Serbia)
Neftçi PFK (Azerbaijan)

Group I
Lyon
Athletic Bllbao (Spain)
Sparta Praha (Czech Rep)
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC (Israel)

Group J
Tottenham Hotspur (England)
Panathinaikos (Greece)
Lazio (Italy)
Maribor (Slovenia)

Group K
Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
Metalist Kharkiv (Ukraine)
Rosenborg (Norway)
Rapid Wien (Austria)

Group L
FC Twente (Netherlands)
Hannover 96 (Germany)
Levante (Spain)
Helsingborgs (Sweden)

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Barton to Marseille?

With the French transfer window not due to close until midnight on 4th September, there will be plenty of rumours circulating in the next week, but none may be as unexpected as the announcement that Joey Barton, looking for a fresh start, is expected to join Marseille.

Having been ‘on’, with Barton himself announcing through his twitter account that his ‘heart was at the Velodrome’, the deal was then ‘off’ as he was forced back into training with the reserves at QPR, part of his on-going punishment for misdemeanours at the end of last season. Then early yesterday Barton tweeted a photo of himself travelling to Marseille to visit the club and the deal was back ‘on’. He is expected to complete the second part of his medical and formalise the contract negotiations today.

The suggestion of Barton joining Marseille appears to have split the opinion of les phoceéns as well as fans of French football, with a number of blog posts and articles already being published on the matter. Well here is my own take.

As many of you might know, I support Marseille, however, my first team is actually Newcastle United. I live in Newcastle and am a long time season ticket holder too. So I have actually had the pleasure, and pain, of supporting a team that Joey Barton has played for. I’ve seen the good, the bad, the ugly and the damn right fantastic side to Barton.

Barton’s time at Newcastle, like his time at other clubs, was mixed. After a solid first season he missed most of Newcastle’s infamous relegation season, returning at the end only to get sent-off at Anfield. This led to an apparent bust up with then manager Alan Shearer and it looked like Barton would be on his way out of toon. However, as the club appeared to be spectacularly imploding, Barton stayed. After a 6-1 defeat in a friendly at the hands of Leyton Orient, the NUFC players held a crisis-meeting. Barton and Kevin Nolan were apparently the main orchestrators in this, whereby the players discussed who wanted to stay and who wanted to go, who had ‘the balls’ to stick around with a club in the Championship and fight to get a team with no manager and seemingly no long-term stability back into the Premiership. Barton stayed, and along with the others who did, they managed to drag Newcastle back up.

Barton enjoyed his most successful season with Newcastle in the 2010-2011 season, when NUFC were back in the Premiership. On the pitch he struck up a wonderful partnership with Andy Carroll, providing 9 assists and 5 goals for the team. Barton was also seen as one of the key players in the emphatic 4-4 draw with Arsenal. Barton drew in the Arsenal players with a robust challenge, Diaby got sent off in the melee, Barton scored 2 penalties and also took the free-kick that led to Cheik Tiote’s incredible equaliser. The 2nd 45 minutes in this game were perhaps Barton’s finest in a Newcastle shirt.

In those 45 minutes he didn’t cry off and hide, like other players had before Newcastle’s Championship season. Barton came out ready for a fight and ready to give it his all. Barton showed his intelligence, as just when the Newcastle players needed a lift, Barton put in a heavy tackle on Diaby, this resulted in the crowd going wild and everyone got behind their player and team and the atmosphere was ignited, forgetting that their team was 4-0 down. This type of thing is often seen in ice-hockey, where a player will deliberately put in a heavy challenge, perhaps starting a fight, as a means of giving the players and fans a lift. During the fracas though, Barton didn’t start swinging punches or go head-to-head with players, he calmly watched as those around him lost their heads, and were duly punished. After this Barton coolly dispatched 2 penalties, before providing an excellent set-piece free-kick that led to Tiote’s equaliser.

These 45 minutes live long in my memory, not just because I was there, not just because one of my best mates left at half-time and missed one of the greatest come backs ever. But because the game had everything: skill, flair, passion, drama, guts and is a prominent reminder of why I love football. Joey Barton is entirely and perhaps solely accountable for this. I have no doubt that if Barton was not on the pitch that day, that result would never have happened. The Newcastle team lacked anyone else that could step-up and fight in quite the same way that Joey Barton can and did. Those 45 minutes were not the only good 45 minutes that Barton had for NUFC, far from it, but they encapsulate perfectly what he can offer to Marseille.

If Joey Barton can bring this mentality, skill, quality and passion to the south of France, he will succeed and the fans will love him for it. If Barton can maintain the psychology he held throughout the 2010-2011 season he has the potential to be a hero for OM. The Marseille midfield needs someone with this obvious fight and spirit. Marseille’s set-pieces have been nothing short of bland and uninspiring, and are regularly poorly delivered, Barton can change that. He would also be able to allow the defensive unit to practice against set-pieces in training, something they never appear to have done with the amount of chances they give away each game!

My hopes are that the move will happen. As I’ve said, I’ve had the privilege to see the positives that a (mentally and physically) fit Joey Barton can bring to a whole club, not just a squad. In France Barton might enjoy fairer treatment on and off the pitch too. Through my potentially biased eyes, Barton was subject to giving away so many fouls and cards, simply because he was Joey Barton. Other players would put in worse tackles and not be reprimanded, other teams would also target Barton, putting in poor challenges and fouls in an inexplicably obvious attempt to make Barton ‘lose it’ and this would go unpunished. In France, my hope is he can escape this, and escape the media circus of the British press who are all too keen to drag up every misdemeanour at every opportunity.

A fresh start in the north of England helped Barton turn his career around temporarily. Perhaps a fresh start in the south of France could help him do it permanently.

I do hope so. Joey, welcome to Marseille.

Allez l’OM

Swanny

(@MarseilleUK & Andrew_Js3)

Europa League 2nd Leg Preview: Marseille (2v1) FC Sheriff

Europa League 4th Qualifying Round 2nd Leg

30/08/12 – (19:30 UK)

Stade Velodrome, Marseille

Ref: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Background –

Marseille will look to secure their place in the group stages of the Eurpoa league by avoiding a defeat at home against Moldovan side FC Sheriff Tiraspol. Marseille hold the advantage having won the away first leg 2-1, both goals coming from Jordan Ayew. As had been the case in the Eskisehirspor games, OM showed they had too much in the way of skill and experience for their opposition in the first leg, and Elie Baup will look for his team to demonstrate real professionalism and make sure of a comfortable win.

Marseille –

Since the first leg Marseille have lost the services of Cesar Azpilicueta to Chelsea, but signed Brazilian youngster Lucas Mendes, although he wasn’t registered in time to play. It also looks as though Stephane Mbia and Joey Barton may be switching teams within the next few days, as well as a host of other mooted transfers.

The squad for the game consists of: Mandanda, Bracigliano, Mango, Nkoulou, Morel, Mbow, Cheyrou, Kabore, A. Ayew, Amalfitano, Abdullah, Ndoumbou, Valbuena, J. Ayew, Gignac, Raspentino and Omrani.

The lack of Fanni through injury and Mbia through transfer leaves Baup with a dilemma of defensive players with only 4 recognised defenders in the match day squad, two of whom, Mango and Mbow have barely featured in senior squad. With this in mind, Baup may opt to draft Kabore into the centre of defence with Nkoulou andwith Mbow playing at right back. In the attack it could be expected that Jordan Ayew will be paired with the in-form Andre-Pierre Gignac as in the first leg. I would expect if the result is going OM’s way that Raspentino will gain some valuable playing time at some point. Andre Ayew may also be given some pitch time, possibly starting ahead of Valbuena.

Possible starting line-up: (4-4-2) Mandanda – Mbow, Nkoulou, Kabore, Morel – Amalfitano, Cheyrou, Abdullah, A. Ayew – J. Ayew, Gignac.

 

FC Sheriff –

As was the case quite often in the first leg, FC Sheriff may be content with allowing Marseille to retain possession of the ball, especially as they have the home advantage this time. This may mean that Sheriff set up with 5 in midfield to nullify any OM attacks, and make it difficult to get the ball to J. Ayew and Gignac. If this is their game plan they will be likely to play in the counter attack, and utilise set-pieces, again something that they did well in the first leg. Marseille will have to rely on the experience of Mandanda and Nkoulou to ensure the rest of the defensive group stay alert and don’t switch-off, perhaps gifting Sheriff an easy chance of a vital away goal.

Summary –

As they showed in the 3rd Qualifying round against Eskisehirspor, Marseille should have the strength to overcome, no disrespect intended, a slightly inferior opposition. The current run of form is something Baup and the playing squad will want to continue, no matter who the opposition is. An early goal for Marseille would help settle the nerves and allow OM to play a more free flowing game and experiment with some different players and tactics, something that depending on the outcome of this transfer window, could be needed.

Predicted score:  Marseille 3-1 FC Sheriff (4-2 agg.)

Odds (Bet365 correct at time of publication

Marseille – 1.20

Draw – 6.00

FC Sheriff – 15.00

Allez l’OM

Swanny (@MarseilleUK & Andrew_Js3)

 

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Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2-2 Slovan Liberec

Dila Gori 0-1 Maritimo

18:00

Heerenveen 0-2 Molde

Hapoel Tel Aviv 3-1 F91 Dudelange

HJK 0-6 Athletic Bilbao

Rosenborg 1-1 Legia Warsaw

CSKA Moscow 1-0 AIK

APOEL 1-1 Neftci

PSV 5-0 Zeta

18:30

Steaua Bucharest 2-0 Ekranas

Sparta Prague 2-2 Feyenoord

Young Boys 3-0 Midtjylland

19:00

Metalist 2-0 Dinamo Bucharest

Genk 1-2 Luzern

19:15

Viktoria Plzen 1-2 Lokeren

19:30

Vodeoton 0-0 Trabzonspor

Club Brugge 3-0 Debrecen

Bordeaux 0-0 Crvena Zvezda

19:45

Hannover 96 5-3 Slask Wroclaw

Levante 2-0 Motherwell

Inter Milan 2-0 Vaslui

Partizan 2-3 Tromso

Rapid Vienna 1-2 PAOK

20:00

AZ Alkmaar 0-1 Anzhi Makhachkala

FC Twente 1-3 Bursaspor

Newcastle United 1-1 Atromitos

Lazio 2-0 Mura 05

Liverpool 1-0 Hearts

Sporting Lisbon 1-1 Horsens

 
 

Mendes Makes Move to Marseille

Marseille have announced the signing of Lucas Mendes from Brazilian club, Coritiba, on a four year contract. The 22 year old can play either left back or centre-back, so is therefore not a direct replacement for the recently departed Azpilicueta.

Marseille fans will pleased to know that Mendes had managed to notch 2 goals in 13 league games for Coritiba, and an assist in the Copa Sudamerica too, suggesting that he likes to push forwards a trait fans have loved seeing in Azpi and also in Rod Fanni.

Mendes has developed well over recent years, working his way through Coritiba’s youth system to win 2 state championships, the Campeonato Paranaense, with the club and was listed as part of Brazil’s very strong preliminary Olympic squad.

News is still awaited on the on-off transfer of Joey Barton to OM, whereas Stephane Mbia may still be headed in the other direction. Interest appears to have cooled in Jordan Ayew, but a host of English teams are rumoured to be still tracking Loic Remy. Other players Marseille have been linked with in recent days are Milan’s Phillipe Mexes and Sochaux’s Ryad Boudebouz.

Montpellier 0-1 Marseille Match Report. OM top of the table!

There are moments in sport which can be classed as ‘definitive’. Andre-Pierre Gignac’s goal and OM’s 1-0 win at Le Stade Mosson might well prove to be one of those occasions.

To win on the road is never easy in Ligue 1. To win in Montpellier these days is a very difficult achievement, the last time it happened was 11 months ago when PSG beat them 3-0 here. This has been one of the key fortress stadiums in Ligue 1 and a major reason why they won the title last season. Truth be told though, they were pretty awful here and offered virtually no attacking threat, nullified by OM’s excellent defence.

Approaching the game, Montpellier were favourites with the bookies despite them suffering a stuttering start to the season. Marseille were defending a 100% record but everyone was saying ‘it cant last’ or ‘they only beat Reims and Sochaux’ In some respect I can see that point, but by picking up 3 points in this fixture OM have perhaps demonstrated they are for real and mean business this season.

Elie Baup had 3 key decisions to make regarding team selection. The fitness of Valbuena, Andre Ayew and of course Remy was all questionable, but would he risk any of them in the XI? In the end, Ayew and Valbuena were included and Remy benched. OM lined up in a 4-2-3-1 / 4-3-3 formation variation which offered a good balance between defence and attack.

The first half was in one word, forgettable. Both teams played out a tactical game of chess and there were very few chances created. The best opportunity for OM was through a Gignac header but he headed over the bar following an excellent Valbuena cross. At the other end, the closest Montpellier came was through Belhanda who smacked a thumping volley against the bar. He was given offside but replays clearly showed he was actually on, and the OM defence had gotten away with it.

The big encouragement for OM at halftime was how solid they had been defensively. Montpellier just hadn’t looked like breaking through, the likes of N’Koulou and Fanni were solid as a rock. Once again, passing had been short and accurate, also played at a mixture of fast and slow tempo. There was a really nice rhythm to OM’s play.

The first 10-15 mins of the 2nd half were a little more livelier and the match remained an even contest. Both sides tried to make things happen, but neither looked particularly more dangerous than the other. However, from the hour mark onwards, it seemed as though OM gained more confidence, direction and belief. Elie Baup’s men managed to get a stranglehold on Montpellier and the hosts level of threat was virtually nothing right until the final whistle.

The problem was always going to be the ability to create clear cut chances. For as poor as they were going forwards, Montpellier had also demonstrated a fairly strong defence and it was in this part of the field that their organisation was better. But some cracks had started to show, strange decision making along with some dodgy goalkeeping by Jourdren must have worried home fans. In the 77th minute this was to come back and bite Montpellier hard when OM scored the only goal of the game.

It all started innocuously with Montpellier comfortably in possession of the ball. But Daniel Congre let slip a poor pass and Amalfitano intercepted in a dangerous position. The ex Lorient man passed to Gignac who turned and shot towards the bottom left corner. The shot lacked general power, but inexplicably Jourdren failed to save and let the ball slip through his fingers. It was a totally preventable goal from Montpellier’s point of view, but OM and Gignac weren’t complaining!

The celebration from Gignac was extensive and the whole OM bench of both players and coaches engulfed him as he moved to the sidelines. It was an emotional moment and a potentially definitive goal for both OM and their resurgent striker. Loic Remy came off the bench and should’ve added a 2nd goal late on as OM easily held onto their 1-0 win.

When it was announced that Elie Baup was new OM coach, it must be said that the general response from fans was one of negativity. I myself was disappointed, but right now I have to hold my hands up to the ex Nantes boss. Under very difficult circumstances regarding transfers and various other situations he has managed to get this OM side playing together as a TEAM and for each other. You can tell the players are enjoying their football and there is a feeling of togetherness. Baup looks like a cool figure on the sidelines too and has demonstrated a surprising tactical ‘nous’ depending on what opposition OM are playing.

Right now, the results and performances by OM this season are much better than expected. This 1-0 victory away at Le Stade Mosson simply shows the big progress they have made and nobody can afford to treat them lightly anymore.

Goals & Highlights

Player ratings

Mandanda 6/10

Kabore 6/10
Nkoulou 8/10
Fanni 8/10
Morel 6/10

Cheyrou 6/10
M’Bia 5/10
Valbuena 6/10

Amalfitano 5/10
Gignac 8/10
Andre Ayew 5/10

Referee (Ruddy Buquet) 6/10

Official OMarseilleUK Man of the match :– Gignac

Big respect to the CDEF pairing of Nkoulou and Fanni, but Gignac’s goal and his continued good form will be what everyone remembers here. Aside from the goal he was a threat all day anyway and offered plenty to the team.

Montpellier v Marseille Match Preview

26/08/12 – 16:00 (UK)

Stade de la Mosson et du Mondial 98, Montpellier

Ref. – Ruddy Buquet

Background –

Marseille go into this week’s game looking for a 3rd successive ligue win in a row, something not achieved since January, against last season’s Ligue 1 champions, Montpellier. Montpellier have struggled with life after Giroud, only managing a draw against Toulouse in week 1, then suffering a last minute defeat at the hands of FC Lorient in week 2. It had been well documented that many expected Marseille to struggle again this year, with a number of players expected to leave. Life after Deschamps, has started well for OM though managing 4 wins and a draw from their opening 5 fixtures. This week is likely to provide both teams with their toughest test so far.  

Marseille –

Fresh on the back of losing right-back Cesar Azpilicueta to Chelsea, they are able to welcome back an almost match-fit Loic Remy to their squad that travelled west to Montpellier. The squad consisted of: Mandanda, Bracigliano, Fanni, Nkoulou, Morel, Mango, Mbow, Mbia, Cheyrou, Kabore, Abdullah, Amalfitano, Valbuena, A. Ayew, Gignac, J. Ayew, Remy, Raspentino.

Elie Baup will be likely to welcome back Benoit Cheyrou to the starting 11, having sat out the Europa League win over FC Sheriff due to a suspension. This will mean that Abdullah will drop to the bench, where Andre Ayew and Loic Remy will be likely to start on the basis that neither is fully match fit yet. The skill, quality and experience of both A. Ayew and Remy could be called upon if the OM game-plan is not working against Montpellier and Baup should make any necessary changes early in the 2nd half to allow Marseille to fully adapt to a likely change in formation such a change would bring.

Marseille will set up in their favoured 4-2-3-1 formation, which has allowed them to keep a great deal of possession, a typical feature of last season’s play, however, with Gignac starting they have now a player who is capable of holding onto the ball and bringing in other players therefore successfully linking up play between midfield and attack, something they struggled with last season.

Andre-Pierre Gignac has been one of Marseille’s star men, having netted 3 times already in just 5 games. A strong pre-season has seen Gignac start this season looking fitter, sharper and keener in games. As a result he has managed to find positions both between the opposition midfield a dn defensive line, as well as in ‘the channels’, i.e. behind the defence toward the touchlines on the edge of the 18 yard box. Gignac’s selfless play has also brought a number of teammates into play, creating opportunities for Valbuena and J. Ayew particularly to run dangerously into the box with the ball.   

Likely starting lineup:

 

Who are they? –

Montpellier became almost everyone’s second favourite Ligue 1 team last season as they pushed PSG all the way, eventually claiming their first Ligue 1 title on an exhilarating final day of the season. Having accepted the loss of star player Olivier Giroud, Motpellier have invested the money in the exciting Emanuel Herrera, along with Anthiny Mounier and the dependable Daniel Congre.

Montpellier will be looking to keep and incredible undefeated home record going, and should improve on their slow start soon enough. Marseille’s defence will need to be wary of through balls (a comment made continually last season and again during friendlies this year). Cheyrou and Kabore should provide some defensive support to minimise any individual attacks through the centre, pushing Montpellier’s play wide. This would result in them having to play crosses into the box where the height of Nkoulou and Mbia along with the presence of Mandanda should ensure this doesn’t allow any free headers on goal.

Another of Montpellier’s star players from last season, Younes Belhanda, is expected to be fit to start his first game of the season having only played a few minutes in their defeat at Lorient last week. The enigmatic forward can play in a number of positions and is capable of creating chances for others, as well as creating them for himself and finishing them. Depending on his starting position, it would be helpful for Marseille’s defensive midfielders, Kabore and Cheyrou to stay close. As mentioned earlier, OM’s best chance will be to push the Montpellier play wide.

 

Summary –

This match has the potential to be an incredibly exciting game with Marseille wanting to attack to continue their fine run of form, and Montpellier wishing to do the same to kick-start their title defence. Both teams will be likely to create chances, the difference may well come in how efficient and clinical either team is. There should be goals though, and I think the deciding factor will be in the last line of either teams defence, their goalkeepers. In this department Marseille have the edge, and Mandanda, if he is on form, will just give Marseille the edge in this tight game.

Predicted score: Montpellier 2-3 Marseille.

Odds (Bet365.com correct at time of publication)

Montpellier 2.30

Draw 3.10

Marseille 3.20

 

Allez l’OM

Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @Andrew_Js3)

 

Weekend’s other games

Evian 1-1 Lyon

Nice 2-2 Lille

Rennes 3-2 Bastia

Valenciennes 3-0 Ajaccio

Reims 1-0 Sochaux

Nancy 0-1 Toulouse

Troyes 2-2 Lorient

Saint-Etienne (Sun 16:00) Brest

PSG (Sun 20:00) Bordeaux

 

FC Sheriff 1-2 Marseille Match Report

Marseille claimed a 2-1 away victory against Moldovan side FC Sheriff. It was a fairly comfortable win for OM who played well in patches without really having to break sweat. However, a slip of concentration at the end of the game nearly gave away the victory and OM were fortunate to avoid conceding a 2nd.

OM started the game well and were clearly the better side, showing their extra class. Gignac had a massive chance inside the opening 10 mins but fired wide at an angle when the goal was gaping open. The visitors kept knocking on the door and eventually found a way through in the 18th minute when Jordan Ayew fired a sweet volley into the net. But going ahead seemed to make OM relax more and they took their foot off the gas. They didn’t create anything else before HT and were content to just sit back.

At the start of the 2nd half, OM had a very dominant period of possession where Sheriff were just content to let their opponents knock it around at ease. Most of the possession was innocuous and lacked threat, but the ability to keep the ball was a major plus point for OM all night. It was during this period that they added a 2nd goal as well. Gignac crossed dangerously and the ball eventually fell to Jordan Ayew who scuffed his volley, but still found the net.

Up until the 70 minute mark the match was a stroll in the park for OM, but perhaps they lost concentration late on thinking it was all too easy. Steve Mandanda had to make a superb reflex save on the line to keep OM ahead, and then just afterwards Sheriff missed a very big chance from close range as well. By then, OM had pretty much decided to shut up shop and aimed to hold onto their advantage. In the end they managed to achieve this, but not without a scare in the losing moments.

Overall the result was positive, most of the performances were positive and I would expect a comfortable win in the 2nd leg. With all due respect, Sheriff weren’t much of a side and they will never leave any decent team quaking in their boots. It was noticeable that a lot of the OM players switched off sometimes perhaps with their mind on the crucial upcoming Ligue 1 match away at Montpellier on Sunday.

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