Olympique de Marseille maintain their invincibility against Stade Rennais (1-1). After only 25 minutes of play, OM are trailing on a billiard shot and one against their camp by Mattéo Guendouzi. Upon returning from the locker room, the French international set the record straight following his goal from a corner. Marseille had a few situations to double the bet but are still clumsy in the last gesture.
The Phocaeans temporarily take the lead in Ligue 1 with 20 points taken in 8 league games. These are the first points lost at the Vélodrome by Igor Tudor’s men this season.
Nice save from Pau Lopez on a point-blank header from Joe Rodon. The Iberian goalkeeper can not yet do anything on this center countered in his goals. In each match, the Spanish goalkeeper conceded a goal without being able to do anything and then made stops to compensate.
Already rough on several actions of Stade Rennais, Jonathan Clauss was still at fault on a missed back pass. The vast majority of his crosses were unplayable for a striker like Alexis Sanchez.
His defensive withdrawal lacked a blunt binder but was never replaced by his Olympian coach.
Chancel Mbemba was the firefighter on duty on Clauss’ numerous ball losses. The Congolese international had a lot of waste on his recovery, however.
In the duel and in the readings of the situation, Mbemba was still precise and rigorous to counter any rapid opposing transition.
Leonardo Balerdi was present in the duel to contain the assaults of Gouiri or Terrier. His interventions were precise in the first period. His running speed compensated for many quick transitions.
Balerdi made forget the presence of Terrier or Gouiri since the 60th minute of play.
Sead Kolasinac still has so much difficulty in being interesting with the ball at his feet… The Bosnian international took no risks and did not attempt any crosses yet requested by Igor Tudor. On the goal, he lacked spontaneity to counter Bourigeaud.
In the second half, Kolasinac had some serene interventions to prevent crosses from the left.
Nuno Tavares put his right paw to work fifteen minutes into the game with a long shot that he has the secret to. The Portuguese side then tried again from the left, taking too much time.
On the Rennes goal, we can blame him for his much too late return which unbalanced OM. His activity is enormous on the left side but with always clumsiness.
Always sparkling in recovery, Valentin Rongier disappointed us a little more with his use of the ball. We expected him to be more involved in construction, especially in the creation of passing circuits.
With more spaces left in second by Rennes, Rongier put more impact in his transmissions. The courageous and combative defensive midfielder that Tudor loves so much.
Jordan Veretout had a lot of waste in his ball catches in the first half hour. The French international has no added value compared to another more defensive midfielder like Pape Gueye.
Veretout caught up very quickly in the second half thanks to a perfect corner for Guendouzi. He offered a ready-made opportunity on a loss of ball in his area. A game to forget.
Mattéo Guendouzi failed to fit in on a recovery in the area from the start. The counter-his side is in no way his doing, but he is more the collateral victim. The French international initiated some good moves but the follow-up lacked binding.
Guendouzi made his special with a nice header at the near post from a corner. He returned to the heart of the game logically at the break. OM was therefore better.
Still lucid, Alexis Sanchez distributed a beautiful caviar for Guendouzi who misses the target at the start of the game. The Chilean international is little used, too often sought from the head rather than in depth.
In the use of the ball, Alexis is useful but top not often available. With the few balls at his disposal, the South American striker can hardly do better.
The first period is clearly the worst version of Amine Harit. The Moroccan international was clumsy, rarely skilful in his choices and author of several damaging ball losses.
Apart from a few flashes, Harit was often off-tempo and not sharp enough to make any difference.
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