The MHSC and its former OM, Germain and Cabella, travel to Marseille this Sunday April 10 (9 p.m.) for the closing of the 31st day of Ligue 1.
« When he arrived, he was unanimous. But her beautiful story lasted a month“Summarizes an observer of Provençal training. Between Valère Germain and OM, marriage was obvious. Born in the Marseille city, son of Bruno, glory of the 90s and kids of the D2, the striker and Marseille were made to unite.
Germain, grace and disgrace
The first match of the former Nice and Monegasque in July 2017, punctuated by a hat-trick in the European Cup play-offs, had launched the idyll. His missed opportunity against Atlético de Madrid, at the very start of the Europa League final lost in May 2018 (0-3), would have interrupted it. « The story really turns that night», Estimates this follower of OM where Kostas Mitroglou and Mario Balotelli interfere in the rotation.
Germain nevertheless scratched the minutes and the goals (31 in 159 appearances). Until the arrival of Jorge Sampaoli in March 2021 who will not offer him any playing time.
Free, Germain bounced back at the end of last summer in Montpellier, against which he had scored his last Marseille goal in January 2021. But after a great start (3 goals in his first three matches) in September, without collective preparation, the forward-center seeks the light and its place since (1 goal, 2 assists).
Absent from the round of 16 of the Coupe de France at the end of January at the Vélodrome for a hand operation, he returns there this Sunday. Facing an audience that has not always spared him. « It’s a shame to pay so much when you can go shout for free in the mountains (sic), regretted Olivier Dall’Oglio on Friday. Valère is mentally strong enough, he has been through a lot of things in his life, he has experience.»
Cabella, the end of an era
The Velodrome to start a new adventure. Back in Montpellier since this week, and for now until the end of the season, Rémy Cabella knows the song. In the summer of 2015, after a campaign at Newcastle, he landed on loan at OM and crossed paths with Florian Thauvin, who was then doing the opposite.
But the 2012 French champion had then found himself at the heart of a bitter era. That of Michel, Franck Passi and a shaken formation. Scorer in a Clasico at the Vélodrome, diminished by injuries and in balance with Romain Alessandrini, Cabella discovered the madness of Marseille. Adulate and burn, or the other way around. The Corsican wanted to rub shoulders with it.
The acquisition of OM by Frank McCourt, the arrival of Dimitri Payet to the winter of 2017 accelerated the renewal of the club and the end of his experience (81 matches, 13 goals, 8 assists), until a loan to Saint-Étienne where the will-o’-the-wisp has revived. « In the end, there is this feeling of waste compared to what he is capable of“Summarizes this close friend of the club whose Cabella had left on a goal in Monaco one day of shipwreck (6-1). This Sunday evening, he will face it. For a new story.