In a controlled meeting but which almost escaped him at the end of the match, Olympique de Marseille beat Nice (3-2), during the late match of the 11th day of Ligue 1. A performance, to which the trio very young strikers is no stranger, which allows the Phocaeans to breathe, and to put an end to a crisis of results.
OM can breathe. After seven straight matches without a win in Ligue 1, Dimitri Payet’s teammates won against Nice. This victory is symbolic for this club, which has known everything since the beginning of the calendar year: between the rebellion of supporters against the leaders during the incidents of the Commandery, the resignation of André Villas-Boas on February 2 and the defeat in the Classic against Paris on February 7, not to mention the letter sent by the club to supporters associations this week which further strained relations, the Olympians did not have a cheerful start to the year.
But against the Aiglons, Nasser Larguet’s men had a burst of pride and made a tactically full match. Only one shadow on the board can mar this performance: because of Amine Gouiri’s pawn in the 47th minute of play, OM have conceded at least 1 goal in each of their last 14 games played at the Stade Vélodrome in Ligue 1, this which constitutes its worst home series in the elite since May 1959-February 1963 (14). Worse still, OM could have seen victory slip away in added time.
This Wednesday, Nasser Larguet set up a rather unprecedented attack. The coach of Olympique de Marseille has decided to do without Florian Thauvin, affected this week, and Valère Germain, by establishing Luis Henrique (19 years old), Bamba Dieng (20 years old) and Saîf-Eddine Khaoui (25 years old) ). A choice that paid off, since the two young players made more calls and helped their team to gain meters with the ball at their feet thanks to their quality of percussion. The Brazilian was rewarded by delivering an assist to Khaoui on the second goal. The Tunisian international scored his first brace under the colors of OM, following a nice strike from the left foot. “I’m lucky to have had the coach’s confidence and tonight I gave him back on the pitch, so I’m happy“, explained the double scorer of the evening, at the microphone of Canal +. In this critical period, the coach of the Phocéens can thus count on the young people, to have results.
Very criticized after his bad match against Paris Saint-Germain, the former French international shone this Wednesday against Nice, like his team. Positioned at the number 10 position, the Reunionese multiplied the good balls and was very available to his teammates. The icing on the cake, he delivered a decisive pass from the outside of the foot to Alvaro Gonzalez, during the opener.
If Olympique de Marseille is trying to get out of the crisis, Dimitri Payet also hopes to fight his old demons, by once again becoming an important player in Nasser Larguet’s system.