The Montpellier of Dall’Oglio will have nothing to lose, this Saturday, September 25 (9 p.m.) in the capital, against the Parisian leader, deprived of Messi but imperial until then in L1.
Montpellier come to Messi’s table, but he won’t be in Paris this Saturday night. The new genius of PSG, affected against Lyon last week, heals a small problem in the knee. And guarded against another nasty blow three days from the Champions League poster to Manchester City, led by ex-mentor Pep Gardiola.
The word of absence of the Argentinian prodigy, with the immaculate stature, can frustrate the Montpellier team, the Parc des Princes and the whole of France somewhat, before this meeting inevitably not like the others on the 8th day of Ligue 1.
Montpellier coach Olivier Dall’Oglio is not complaining. “We are always there to try to win games. It might be good for the players to meet Messi but when he accelerates in front of you it can hurt,” he smiles.
It’s the night of the big absentees, or at the very least of the big missed returns. Mamadou Sakho, Parisian titi of the 19th arrondissement, will not be, him either, in the Park where he grew up until his exile in 2013. The new boss of the Hérault defense, his thigh sore by a small lesion, will not find for the first time his old home.
It must be said that Paris is no longer quite a party for Montpellier. Since 2017, the Qatari club have shattered his hopes even before he has managed to play and sent him back to his studies as a Europe lookout.
This Paris is even less of a party for every evening visitor. The object of incessant debate, the target of criticism for a game to be perfected, Mauricio Pochettino’s team stuns the competition. Relegates 3rd (Angers) to nine points after only seven days and as many victories. Only the OM of another Argentinian, Jorge Sampaoli, hangs in the distant wake.
“Paris have yet to express their full potential, but you can sense a real state of mind. They are way above everyone else,” said MHSC coach Olivier Dall’Oglio. “We are not at that level, but we will look for arguments to upset him,” he promises.
So what can Montpellier do in this trap? What can he do about a team well on their way to reclaiming the title, neglected to abandon last year in Lille? He may recall that he infuriated Paris by stopping their initial six-game winning streak on September 23 at La Mosson (0-0).
Montpellier of the austere Der Zak no longer has its hedgehog defense which bristled the hair of all the scorners of the system in 5-3-2 and the sans-rank who do with their means. Today, he amazes his eyes, pushes the game to the limits of the spectacle around his playing master: Teji Savanier. The Messi from here.
“You have to find a balance between defending well and having the opportunity to keep the ball, as our team can. We are not going there to defend but to try our luck. We have to be able to disrupt this very team. offensive and take advantage of certain spaces “, hopes Dall’Oglio before this duel between the two best attacks.
Montpellier is moving towards this challenge with some concerns. In Troyes (1-1) and in front of Bordeaux (3-3) on Wednesday, he wasted points and the promise of beautiful autumn days. And above all, he is not currently exporting his fine intentions far from La Mosson. There is always time to invite yourself to the big table. Even for one evening.