Despite a reaction at the end of the first period, the MHSC sank under the deluge, this Saturday April 23 for the 34th day of Ligue 1.
How far will Montpellier go? On the evening of the 19th day, at the end of December, and a convincing victory against Angers (4-1) synonymous with fifth place at the winter break, the question made sense. She didn’t lose four months later. But she no longer expects the same answer at all, an incredible reversal in the history of Montpellier HSC, which has gone from best to worst. From the fireworks in December to the shipwreck in April and a potential 13th place this Sunday evening, the day after an unparalleled defeat this season and even since March 2020 in Rennes (5-0).
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The big gap makes you dizzy. State the extent of the fall. With 11 points taken out of a possible 42 in 2022, the Héraultais are no longer advancing and retreating without alterations or the contribution of Remy Cabella have so far reversed the trend. Saturday, three days after giving birth to the promise of improvement in Lens despite the defeat (2-0), they drowned in Lyon under the waves of a second half in hell. Showered then sunk just after having nevertheless taken their heads out of the water and recovered two goals, a metaphor for a second phase to hope for and then become disenchanted with.
« We have hopes, a flame rekindles and the storm quickly extinguishes us »summarized Olivier Dall’Oglio, face of the bad days after having thought of having extricated himself from the doldrums by ending three matches without scoring.
Come back from hell to fall back into it better
Led 2-0, his MHSC had indeed resurfaced after the first period and a one-two between Téji Savanier and Elye Wahi concluded by the second (45th + 2). He even equalized with his captain on a penalty caused by his young teammate on a pass intercepted by hand by Thiago Mendes (45th + 4).
But since between two patients, the challenge was to know who suffered the most, the thermometer inexorably caught up with Montpellier and a Savanier whose recital ended up being extinguished with the orchestra. Beaten in the battle of the medium, too easily put in difficulty by the Lyonnais and their pass repetitionsthe Pailladin block cracked even more on the restart (27 shots conceded in total, OL record since December 2020 in L1).
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« We are reaching our limits. At the moment, we are not in the reality of a high level match, noted ODO, who had once again lined up Rémy Cabella and modified his eleven notably leaving Maxime Estève on the bench. We produce a game that is too quiet. He lacks determination, strength and power. » Without these values, without a solidarity lost in recent weeks, the whole has collapsed in a big way in Décines, despite the performance of a Sakho too alone in the storm.
The opener however came from him, unhappy on a blocked shot from Paqueta which became an offering for Dembélé (26th). Before Omlin brings in his goal and from the back a free kick from Mendes (43rd). Two goals as symbols of one black sequence of four losses and a draw in April of which we cannot say where it will stop. Even less since Saturday evening.