At the start of the season, OM showed a very different face from that of the last outings. The team of Jorge Sampaoli scored a lot, but also conceded a lot of goals.
Indeed, on its first outings, OM recovered two goals behind in Montpellier (2-3), was taken back by Bordeaux (2-2), then convinced despite a goal conceded against Saint-Etienne ( 3-1). In the ten Ligue 1 games that followed, this unbalanced OM, focused on the offensive at all costs with the desire to score one more goal than the opponent gave way to a much more structured formation defensively, but which fewer opportunities are created.
If there was the absolute masterclass in Monaco (0-2), greeted by all observers, there were also many difficulties in finding the net. Thereby, OM is only the 10th attack in Ligue 1 with 21 goals scored in 14 games (only 13 of the last 11).
The positive point is defense! OM are now the best team in the championship in this area with 12 goals conceded. Nice and Rennes share the top of the bill with the Marseille club in this statistic. In the last 11 league games, Jorge Sampaoli’s men have made 7 clean sheets (six for Lopez and one for Mandanda) and have conceded only 7 goals, including three against Lens and two for Lille. A solidity which can allow the Marseillais to see far, on condition of finding more the way of the nets.