Four days before his return to the European scene with his first Champions League group match on the lawn of Olympiacos (Wednesday 9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1), OM won at home 3-1 against the Girondins de Bordeaux Florian Thauvin opened the scoring (5th), Jordan Amavi doubled the stake (54th) then caused the goal against his side of Pablo (64th) Josh Maja closed the gap at the end, on one of the rare occasions of the Aquitaine training (83rd)
It was therefore not until the seventh day of Ligue 1 that the Marseille club was finally victorious in its den Two draws and one defeat had so far been conceded at the Vélodrome by the new (but provisional) fifth in the standings For the Bordelais, next to the plate despite the debut of Hatem Ben Arfa (who was denied the goal of the equalizer at 1-1 for an offside to the centimeter), the weekend is likely to conclude in the second part of the table
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His last outings were difficult Since his victorious goal at the Parc des Princes, Florian Thauvin had not scored any more and had frankly not delivered good performances He came back strong in this match, first with a superb curling shot in the 5th minute. A brilliant inspiration that made Benoît Costil totally powerless He could then have afforded a double with a penalty on which the Bordeaux goalkeeper was able to take his revenge (14th)
In legs, the 27-year-old winger rounded off his performance with his free kick that turned into an assist for Jordan Amavi’s header The latter, very close to the double, was omnipresent since he obtained the non-transformed penalty
It’s a big shadow on the board for Olympique de Marseille Obviously the victim of a muscle injury to his right leg, Duje Caleta-Car was forced to leave on injury in the last minutes (87th) The Croatia international was able to sit – grimacing – on the sidelines to follow the end of the meeting If necessary, examinations should determine the exact nature of the injury In any case, this is bad news for AVB, especially less than 96 hours before the Champions League
In the absence of Dimitri Payet, but also with the obligation to find a solution to give the team a real boost, André Villas-Boas put his 4-3-3 in the closet for deploy a 4-4-2 diamond Florian Thauvin found himself in the attacking duo, supported by Michaël Cuisance The pattern resulted in some interesting streaks, with a higher block than usual, more combinations in the middle and very few situations conceded
This does not mean that Marseille football has become flamboyant Two elements illustrate this: the low number of shots at home and the transparent performance of Dario Benedetto, whose average position at half-time was lower than that of the full-backs Despite everything, this system will undoubtedly deserve to be reviewed, but also to be tested against a real opposition.
On loan from Bayern Munich in the last hours of the summer transfer window, Michaël Cuisance therefore made his debut in his new colors Positioned as number ten, the left-hander was interesting and contributed greatly to the build At the break, Florian Thauvin also let it be known that he was doing “a lot of good in the technical quality”And at the final whistle, the person concerned has in any case savored on Canal: “I’m happy, I found a smile Here I feel good and I am fulfilled We have great communication and the competition is healthy “
Marseille viewers were also able (finally) to discover Brazilian striker Luis Henrique The “player of the future” was entitled to his first minutes, blowing Dario Benedetto in the 86th He couldn’t really stand out, but he still had time to pull off some hard-hitting action and give Valère Germain an opportunity.
This first victory of the season at home for OM is arguably also the best tribute that could be paid to Eddie van Halen, who died on October 6 at the age of 65 The founding member of the group, author of the hit Jump, the legendary music for entering the stadium, was treated to a decoration in the gallery and a banner on which was written: “Go ahead and jump for ever! “
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W24News – FR – OM-Bordeaux: Thauvin, 4-4-2 What to remember from Marseille’s victory before Olympiacos