Always at the foot of the podium with two games behind, OM can revive against Angers (Wednesday at 9 p.m.) and confirm its ambitions.
OM are still in the race. However on a bad series after a defeat in Rennes (2-1) then a difficult draw against Reims (1-1), the Olympians can always be first with their two late matches, thanks to the draw last Sunday between the LOSC and the PSG. André Villas-Boas wants to forget these poor performances and has a particular objective. “We are not very happy to come out with a draw. I want to end the year well against Angers (Wednesday at 9 p.m.). However, we do not think about late matches, we want to be next to the top, without these two meetings. You have to be very, very good to take six points. The objective is to be at the top of the ranking before Christmas. ”
The first away loss in… thirteen months
Because yes the match and the defeat against Rennes – which OM dominated before the severe red of Gueye – was hard to live with for the Phocéens. It mostly occurs thirteen months after the last. It was against PSG with a 4-0 defeat, on October 27, 2019, an eternity … Beyond its series of six victories, the OM of André-Villas Boas proves day after day, that this OM is is beefy out of its bases. This greater ease in obtaining points far from his city is shared by many Ligue 1 teams with the particular context of the closed door but it was already a feature of the Olympians last year. “We already had good results away from home before the health crisis. For some teams, the public can help with small details such as corners for example, played in a certain atmosphere, in the last minutes. Today, it has been proven that statistically, this health context gives a bit of an advantage to traveling teams who obtain better results. ”
OM-Lens postponed to January 20
A little inside at the physical level, Olympian freshness will also be scrutinized after a complicated season with the Champions League and Ligue 1. The postponement from January 3 to 20 of the OM-Lens match is a boon for the Olympians. “It didn’t seem right to me to put this match on January 3rd when the others are on vacation and Lens agreed with us so. Our file was therefore validated by the League. Afterwards, playing on the 20th, we will have the same amount of matches, but we need a bit longer at the break ”. The Olympians will therefore go on, in the space of fourteen days, five games, a hellish program.
While waiting for these two rather complicated months to come, OM want to finish well. “We have a little more rest than between Rennes and Reims. It’s Angers which has one day less. We have good momentum away from home. Mentally, we will have to overcome the frustration, ”explained AVB.
“There are a lot of things that are wrong, we play too sideways”
Last Saturday against Reims (1-1), Thauvin was again decisive. With six goals and six assists, the twirling winger of OM is, behind Mbappé, the most prolific player in Ligue 1. But we especially remember this little bomb dropped at the end of the match after the match against Reims. “We have possession of the ball but we only play sideways or backwards, we never take a risk,” railed the French world champion. There is not enough movement. There are too many things that are wrong ”. But obviously, not everyone shared the opinion of the French world champion, with Boubacar Kamara then André Villas-Boas who spoke at the press conference before the match against Angers.
“We can not go forward all the time, we also need possession times, and Florian was upset,” said the young Marseille midfielder, while the Lusitano coach spoke of “personal frustration”. The French international will also be a key issue in the Marseille transfer window, because the 2018 world champion will be at the end of his contract at the end of the season, and will be able to sign wherever he wants from January 1. This month will be a revealing element for OM, which will have a lot to do between its complicated schedule and the transfer window to manage …