Before Marseille – Lyon – Pressing, Caleta-Car: what if Feyenoord had given OL ideas?


Thursday, OM remained alive in the race for the Europa League Conference final. One of the challenges of this Sunday’s clash (8:45 p.m.) against Lyon will be to find out if the Marseille team emerged weakened from this crazy match in Rotterdam (3-2). Because if they held the shock in terms of intensity, the men of Jorge Sampaoli suffered tactically as rarely this season. And, at the same time, gave ideas to the people of Lyon.

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« We saw that Feyenoord played very well by highlighting OM’s weaknesses, with good pressing« , analyzed Peter Bosz at a press conference on Thursday. The Lyon technician did not need this match to be certain that it was the best method to disrupt the Marseille machine, Lens (2-3 in last September), Galatasaray (4-2) and… Lyon (2-1) to a lesser extent, having already used the same recipe.

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Still, a « pressing » is not a guarantee of victory against OM: it still has to be run in and well conducted. « You have to have the players to play like that« , rightly underlined the coach of Les Gones, whose men have not always been able to synchronize high-intensity races. Especially since adopting this tactical approach also requires being solid at the back base. This which is not, either, one of the great qualities of OL, eleventh defense in Ligue 1.

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This is why Marseille, sure of its collective strength, should not change anything, neither men nor ideas, despite the stakes of a match which could greatly influence its end of the season. « We have a game idea that we’ve been defending for a year and a half, we can’t change itsaid Dimitri Payet at a press conference on Saturday. We are not made for that, we are made to have the ball and possession. »

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From Rotterdam, OM retained a collective accident rather than a bankruptcy of its individualities, while the responsibilities of William Saliba, Valentin Rongier and especially Duje Caleta-Car, guilty of a badly supported back pass, were engaged. on the three goals conceded. « I spoke to Dujerevealed the Olympian leader, boss of the locker room. The coach has been here for a year and a half, we play like that, we defend an idea of ​​play, namely to start from behind. Mistakes, we made some and we will make them again. »

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Very limited quantitatively in this sector, especially after the forced departure of Alvaro Gonzalez, Jorge Sampaoli took advantage of these two days of preparation to put the Croatian defender, marked by his failed performance, back in place. « We talked about his positioning, his reading of the gamesaid the Argentinian. He is having a great season. I remain in complete confidence in him. I see further than one mistake. » « It happens to everyone, they’ll get over it“, assured Payet. OL would still be wrong not to try to make him doubt again.

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