Fifth in Ligue 1 despite two late matches, Olympique de Marseille has held its rank in this first half of the season. And this despite distressing statistics in attack.
Pablo Longoria and André Villas-Boas have repeated it several times in recent weeks: despite the conjecture and the financial problems with which the Marseille club must contend, theOlympic Marseille hopes to be able to take advantage of the next winter transfer window to strengthen in attack and in particular to find the center forward capable of relieving Dario benedetto. But the Argentine may have scored only two goals after 17 days, his lack of efficiency is not the only problem for the Olympians.
Because if OM, with certainly two games late, have the 12th attack in the championship with only 22 goals scored in 15 matches, it is also because of their lack of ambition in the game. of their forwards, the Ciel et Blanc are the team that attempts the fewest shots in Ligue 1 with only 9.5 shots per game. It is two times less than the master in the matter, theOlympique Lyonnais (17.1).
Fortunately, the set pieces …
In the end, the Marseillais have only scored 3.1 shots per game this season, making it a great success in front of the keeper with 22 goals in 46 shots on target, or one goal every 2.1 shots on target. For comparison, the PSG, best attack in Ligue 1, scored 39 goals in 104 shots on target (one goal for every 2.7 shots on target) and OL, the championship leader, 34 goals in 102 shots on target (one goal every 3 shots on target) ).
Barely offensively, OM can also thank their defenders for having sometimes taken over as evidenced by the five goals scored by Duje Caleta-Car and others. It’s only one less than the midfielders. Consequence in particular of the effectiveness of the vice-champions of France on set pieces. Because if the Marseille club is hardly prolific in attack, it is one of the most formidable teams on set pieces with already 6 goals scored. It is in this register the second most efficient Ligue 1 team, only the Rennais Stadium (8) doing better.
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