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Guingamp 2-0 Marseille – 28/08/15 – Match Report

Guingamp 2-0 Marseille

(Privat, Benezet)

Mandanda – Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Mendy – Diarra (Sparagna 82) – Lemina, Barrada (Ocampos 64) – Alessandrini, Batshuayi, Cabella (Sarr 76)

Subs N/U: Doria, Romao, Pele, Zambo-Anguissa

from OM.net

A week after securing their first Ligue 1 win of the season in convincing style, OM helped another Ligue 1 team to do the same, as they stuttered to an underwhelming 0-2 defeat at the hands of Guingamp.

Despite dominating long periods of possession (31%61) and having 14 shots on goal, OM couldn’t find the breakthrough in the final 1/3 of the pitch and the hosts efforts and endeavours allowed them to run out winners in the end.

After receiving the plaudits for an impressive performance against Troyes, Diarra gave OM the worst possible start as he gave away a penalty inside 60 seconds after a clumsy foul. Mandanda saved, but the penalty was poor. Diarra’s initial indiscretion was continued throughout the game as OM eventually picked up 6 bookings before full time, showing a surprising lack of discipline.

After 10 minutes OM gained some good possession, keeping control of the ball and building up to around 79% possession by the 15 minute mark, but this didn’t trouble Lossl too much still. Most of OM’s chances came through Batshuayi’s endeavours, as he ran, dribbled and took players on after struggling to receive anything near the quality he was provided with last week against Troyes. Diarra struggled to gain a foothold in midfield along with Barrada, whilst Cabella’ and Alessandrini’s contributions were sporadic at best and both lacked the final ball.

Mendy had a difficult night against Coco, however much of this could be put down to picking up a booking after only 15 minutes and having to hold back for the rest of the game. It felt as though he had to hold back from pushing forwards and so there was limited offensive work from him and Jacobsen managed well against the occasional attack down the OM left.

Having struggled in front of goal so far this season as we approached the final 20 minutes of the game, most could be forgiven for perhaps expecting a drab 0-0 draw, although us OM fans should know better than that. Guingamp’s first goal came after a foul on Cabella. EAG immediately broke up field. Briand rode his luck a little as he took the ball past 2 OM players and played in Privat for an easy finish, however, it must also be noted that in the initial ball up-field, Privat was clearly offside and as a result, the goal probably shouldn’t have counted. However, it did and this gave OM a slight push to look to attack.

Marseille managed to net, but this was correctly judged offside (unlike the Guingamp goal). As OM’s desperation deepened, Guingamp delivered the killer blow, a second goal, this time by Benezet. It must be said that it was a neat finish.

Are there any positives to take from the game? Hmm, not really. Some good saves from Mandanda, Batshuayi can create his own chances and erm, well I’m struggling to be honest. OM lacked discipline throughout and service was poor in the final 1/3 of the pitch as, there also seemed to be very little in the form of a ‘Plan B’, perhaps this is because there is no alternative to ‘Plan Batshuayi’, at least last season Gignac and Batshuayi offered something different to each other, they complemented each other in that they were contrasting and if it didn’t work with one, it could work with the other.

If nothing else, hopefully this game has served that as a reminder to Michel, and far more importantly to Labrune. This squad and backroom team has been decimated since the end of last season, a new manager and one win is not going to turn that around overnight. Get buying!!

Allexz l’OM!

Guingamp v Marseille – 28/08/15

OM team

Having started week 3 with their 3rd manager, no wins and the lowest Ligue goal-scorers, an emphatic win over Troyes took OM from the foot of the table and to the Ligue’s joint highest scorers, bringing some much needed pride and confidence to the Velodrome. Some excellent performances from new signings Diarra and Cabella along with solid performances from Mendy, Batshuayi and Alessandrini were the pick of the bunch, though everyone played their part.

The 6-0 win certainly hit the headlines, but as good as OM were, the second half performance from Troyes meant that as good as OM were, most Ligue 1 teams would probably have put a number of goals past Troyes as they completely collapsed and looked as dejected a side I have ever seen. So another week and another test for Michel and his squad. The result against Troyes will be quickly forgotten in aid of more ‘crisis-club’ headlines should OM fail to pick up a win over bottom of the Ligue, Guingamp, who have failed to register a goal or point so far this season.

Michel has managed to bolster his squad already with the loan of Real Madrid’s Lucas Silva, though he isn’t available for the match-day squad yet, Dja Djedje misses out through the injury he received before the Troyes match, so Romao returns to the squad after his suspension. Given the performance against Troyes it is likely that Michel will name the same starting 11.

The full squad consists of: Pele, Madndanda, Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Doria, Sparagna, Mendy, Lemina, Diarra, Sarr, Barrada, Romao, Frank-Zambo Aguissa, Ocampos, Alessandrini, Cabella, Nkoudou, Batshuayi.

OM expected line-up:

Mandanda

Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Mendy

Lemina, Diarra

Alessandrini, Barrada, Cabella

Batshuayi

A trip to Guingamp is never easy, OM have won as many games there as they have lost (3 each with 2 draws too), and Joeclyn Gourvennec will want to bring some cheer to the home faithful after a poor start to the season. After the highs of last season’s Europa League exploits, many expected Guingamp to make a positive start to this season without continental distractions, however, 3 straight losses to Nantes, Lyon and Bastia have left the club bottom of Ligue 1.

Life was always going to be difficult for Guingamp after losing last season’s top scorer, Caludio Beauvue to Lyon and as a result they’ve failed to find the back of the net so far. Their average of 4 shots on target per game, compared to OM’s 5 showing the difference a week can make to how clinical a team can appear statistically in front of goal.

Expected Guingamp line up

Lossl

Jacobsen, Kerbrat, Sorbon, Leveque

Salibur, Mathis, Sankhare, Giresse

Benezet, Briand

 

Coming off the back of such a big win, OM will have to perform well again. This will keep morale and confidence high amongst the squad ahead of tougher games (Lyon and psg in the next 5 games) and demonstrate to other teams and the press that the Troyes game was not just a flash in the pan.

 

Allez l’OM

@aswanny84

@MarseilleUK

Marseille v ESTAC Troyes – 23/08/15

OM.net

OM.net

This weekend brings around OM’s 3rd game of the season, with their 3rd manager of the season as they still look for their first points of the campaign. New manager Michel was appointed earlier in the week and quickly took charge of training sessions, pitting the pro team against CFA squad and made it clear that he requires some investment into the squad. The week also brought about the much expected departure of the inconsistent Florian Thauvin that brought in Remy Cabella as part of the deal.

Michel brings experience having managed Getafe, Sevilla and Olympiakos and has experience in European competitions. He is expected to play a familiar 4-2-3-1 formation that the squad should be comfortable enough playing. Immediate changes Michel brought about is the first inclusion in the match day squad this season for Doria, the hot prospect, whose purchase caused so many issues between Bielsa and the board. Frank-Zmabo Aguissa also makes the squad alongside new-boy Remy Cabella. There is no Romao in the squad who is expected to depart imminently.

The full squad consists of: Pele, Madndanda, Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Doria, Sparagna, Mendy, Dja Djedje, Lemina, Diarra, Alessandrini, Cabella, Nkoudou, Sarr, Barrada, Frank-Zambo Aguissa, Ocampos, Batshuayi.

Off the pitch the Virage Nord closed again after incidents at the end of last season, their absence from the Velodrome today will be the last as the Yankee Nord groups return to the terraces for the next home game.

OM expected line-up:

Mandanda

Dja Djedje, Nkoulou, Rekik, Mendy

Lemina, Diarra

Alessandrini, Cabella, Ocampos

Batshuayi

Troyes have picked up 2 sraws from their opening fixtures, both of which have came at home (0-0 GFC Ajaccio and 3-3 with Nice). This is their first Ligue 1 game on the road this season, and you have to go back to 2001 to find their last win at the Velodrome, having lost the last 4 and drawing once since.

In their ranks they have Fabien Camus who began his career at OM and has just joined ESTAC from Genk, new signing Chris Mavinga is suspended, but striker Brayan Perea has joined the matchday squad after his switch from Lazio.

Predicting performance and results is always difficult and with new signings coupled with a new manager who knows what will happen on Sunday evening. Let’s hope for some stability, a solid performance, and the introduction of some new signings (and old signings). I’m sure Michel has learned a great deal about his team during the week, and will learn even more tonight.

Allez l’OM

@aswanny84

@MarseilleUK

Marseille v SM Caen – 08/08/15

Marseille v SM Caen

08/08/15 – 20:00

Stade Velodrome, Marseille

Ligue 1, Game 1

OM are set to kick off the 15-16 season against SM Caen on Saturday evening at the Velodrome after a mixed pre-season. With disappointing results against Livorno and Fenerbahce and impressive results against Sahel, Anatlyaspor and particularly Juventus the expected capacity crowd at will hope that OM can pull off their first home victory over Caen since 2008 (having drawn one and lost 2 of the previous 3 games).

Bielsa seems is reportedly happy with the transfers over the summer, which in spite of losing a significant number of the star players from last term, is something that couldn’t be said at the beginning of last season. Once again, OM’s shortcomings seemed to be in defence over the summer, with the varied attacking formations all working well. With the expected absence of new signings Diarra and Diaby, Bielsa has an almost full-strength squad at his disposal:

Mandanda, Pele, Dja Djedje, Sparagna, Rekik, Mendy, Aloe, Sane, Lemina, Romao, Tuiloma, Barrada, Sarr, Alessandrini, Batshuayi Thauvin, Ocampos, Nkoudou.

Given the difficulty OM have faced defensively over the summer and, the tricky opposition that Caen are likely to provide, Bielsa may opt for a flat back 4, rather than the 3 he used fittingly last season. This will hopefully provide a bit of solidity in a game that is likely to be tight and that OM will undoubtedly not want to lose.

Expected line-up:

Mandanda

Dja Djedje, Sparagna, Rekik, Mendy

Lemina, Romao

Barrada

Alessandrini, Batshuayi, Thauvin

Having survived Ligue 1 last year, Caen will look to solidify their place in the devision this year, to make themselves a permanent feature of the league. Surprisingly, Caen were 4th in the goals scored table last year and this is something that manager Patrice Garande will be likely to want to continue this year too. Although they have lost N’golo Kante (provider of 3 goals and 5 assists), and Thomas Lemar (1 goal and 5 assists), they have reinvested the money gained form these transfers in the acquisition of Jeff Louis and likely starter Vincent Bessat. Of course they may call on former OM man, Florian Raspentino too, who returned over the summer after spending last season on loan at Dijon.

Expected line-up:

Vercoutre

Apia, Silva, Yahia, Imorou

Feret, Adeoti, Delaplace

Bazile, Delort, Bassat

 A nervy and tense encounter can always be expected on the opening fixture for any team, but this will only be compounded for OM should the struggle to break the deadlock, or worse go a goal or two behind. An early goal for OM could be a must, or else we could see the usual nerves settle in from the Velodrome crowd and make life even more difficult for the OM players. As tricky as this game could be, and the starting 11 could be judged as being considerable weaker than last seasons opening 11, a great deal of these players have a point to prove and will aim to solidify their place in the OM starting 11.

Allez l’OM!

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