where to see OM-PSG and five questions around the Classic
DECRYPTION – Everything you need to know before the 101st duel between Marseillais and Parisians this Sunday (8:45 pm), at the end of the 11th day.
Where to see OM-PSG
As usual, the clash between OM and PSG, the closing match of the 11th day of Ligue 1, will be broadcast by Amazon Prime Video. Kick-off at 8:45 p.m. at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. As usual, you can follow this meeting live with commentary on our site.
What form are the two teams in?
In all competitions, OM have won only one of their last six matches (4-1 against Lorient), with three 0-0 (Angers, Galatasaray, Lazio) and two losses (2-3 against Lens and 2-0 in Lille). No folichon … Still in the race for the round of 16 of the Europa League (the ranking here), the players of Jorge Sampaoli still occupied third place in the ranking of the French championship (1 game less) before the 11th lift. There is therefore no fire in the lake for Dimitri Payet (5 goals, 4 assists in 8 matches) and his teammates. Especially since, as Mauricio Pochettino said, “it’s the kind of duel in which the dynamics don’t necessarily have an impact« . A Classic is indeed separate (see elsewhere).
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For the Parisians, leaders in L1 and in their group in C1, all is well. At least… in accounting terms, with 11 wins in 14 matches in all competitions, two losses and one draw. In content, however, it is less brilliant, as evidenced by the difficult victory against Leipzig (3-2) on Tuesday. If it is appropriate to highlight its character, its heart, with several victories torn “from the buzzer”, the Parisian team, defensively porous, too often relies on the talent of its individualities, in particular that of Kylian Mbappé (6 goals , 8 assists in 13 matches), and the opponent’s mistakes. « For now, we are not playing well and we are winning« , Sums up said Mbappé, when Marco Verratti recognized that PSG »still looking for a collective« . Suddenly, OM believes in it. « I’m sure we’ll take the three points« , Insists the former … resident of the PSG training center that is Mattéo Guendouzi.
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OM and PSG in full force?
Yes for OM, almost for PSG. An uncertain time, Cendiz Under is finally operational and Jorge Sampaoli therefore has all his strength to challenge Paris. Mauricio Pochettino, he can count on Neymar Jr, Mauro Icardi, Juan Bernat, Rafinha and Angel Di Maria, out against Leipzig due to injury, suspension or because they are not registered in C1. Leo Paredes, Sergio Ramos and Sergio Rico, are absent.
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When was the last Olympian success against PSG?
Not that long. OM had indeed had a PSG decreased at the start of last season (0-1), at the Parc des Princes, ending a series of… 20 matches without success. It was Florian Thauvin who made the nets tremble on September 13, 2020, in front of 5,000 spectators, Covid-19 requires. On the other hand, there was no one in the stands for the two other duels between the two teams in 2020-21, two Parisian victories, 2-1 in Lens for the victory of the Champions Trophy and 2-0 at the Vélodrome, in the championship. . In fact, the last Marseille success against PSG on the “Vél ‘” lawn dates back to November 27, 2011. An eternity. For 10 years, the Rouge et Bleu have been at home on Boulevard Michelet (6 wins, 2 draws). This does not mean that the players of the capital did not tremble on certain occasions … This was particularly the case in 2017, when PSG, at 10 against 11, snatched the draw thanks to a signed free kick Edinson Cavani in stoppage time (2-2). End of series this Sunday? Note that the Parisians are in the lead in the confrontations against OM with 46 wins to 34 (20 draws). Steve Mandanda is the most capped player (27) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the top scorer (11).
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Lionel Messi, reunion and a big first?
As we meet again… This OM-PSG will be an opportunity for Jorge Sampaoli to meet a player he knows well, Lionel Messi, for having been the coach of Argentina between 2017 and 2018. An experience that ended in blood sausage and by an inglorious elimination against France by Kylian Mbappé in the round of 16 of the Russian World Cup (4-2). « I did not live in a favorable context to take advantage of it, unfortunately, but I never changed my mind about it« , Underlines » Sampa « , evoking »The best player in the world« . « It will be a pleasure to see him again in the field“, Still promises the OM coach. Not sure that the pleasure will be shared. Angel Di Maria does not hide the fact that he has a mixed memory of the boiling Sampaoli, « a strange being« . Still, Messi, who has already scored at the Vélodrome, with Argentina, in 2009, will be all the more keen to score this Sunday as he is still waiting to unlock his counter in the league, he who has already scored three times in the Champions League. Including a double last Tuesday against Leipzig (3-2). « We have to ensure that Messi is far from our goal because we know that he can hurt us a lot if he is close to the goal», Sampaoli predicts. And to add: « The best way to stop a player like that is to control the game.«
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Does the Classic always have the same value, flavor?
It is not offending Olympique de Marseille and its supporters to say that PSG is boxing in the top category, that of contenders for final victory in the Champions League. Although, the Marseille club remains, until further notice, the only French club to be able to boast of a coronation in C1… Still, OM-PSG is always special, electric, apart. Not as much as in the 90s, but still. « The importance of the matches is linked to the expectations of the supporters. We know that the people of Marseille want to see a match played against an opponent who is from another level and shows it at each transfer window. But we know that we have to be competitive in this match for the supporters of OM, the club, the city. The difference with the other matches is the emotion of the supporters that gives it« , Summarizes Jorge Sampaoli, when Mauricio Pochettino recalls that it is »more than three pointsWhich are at stake. « If we play very well and win, so much the better. But victory is paramount», Adds the Parisian coach, who participated in the Classic as a player in the early 2000s. He knows what he is talking about …
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