Champions League: against Sporting de Portugal, OM finally showed its highest level

Champions League: against Sporting de Portugal, OM finally showed its highest level

It was a test against the wall, which OM passed with flying colors. On the wrong ballot since the start of the Champions League campaign, the Marseilles finally managed to stop the bleeding and recapture the taste of victory against Sporting de Portugal on Tuesday 4 October. A success achieved in style: four goals scored, a feeling of dominance and a very good reaction after a disastrous start… OM came out of this opposition with the impression that they had finally found each other.

Marseille’s start to the season so far seems like a two-part story. On the one hand, a resounding start in Ligue 1, with the Marseillais second solid, still undefeated, at the pace of the Parisian leader, with 23 points in the pocket out of a possible 27, the best league start in the history of the club. . On the other, the disappointing performance on the European scene, with two defeats in as many group stage games this season. OM was dragging deep discomfort in C1, marked by a sad statistic of 16 defeats in the last 17 games played in the competition.

But on Tuesday night, on the pitch of the Vélodrome stadium, the Marseilles finally rose to the highest European level. They have regained the speed, physical impact and attacking drive that make them triumph in the league every weekend. “We played an excellent game together, there was good pressure, which allowed us to recover many balls and generate many chances”Matteo Guendouzi thanked the Canal+ microphone after the final whistle.

After the inconclusive performance against Tottenham in London, and the disappointment at the low level shown against Frankfurt, the wide and frank victory against the Portuguese came to reassure the Olympians. This victory gives us courage and confidence. She was way behind.”recognized Igor Tudor in a press conference after the game.

For the first time in the Champions League, the Olympians shot much more than their opponents (19 shots against six). They were finally able to establish their control of the ball (60% possession). Several elements of the Marseille eleven took the measure of the event, such as Matteo Guendouzi, who was greatly missed against Frankfurt, author of a midfield recital on Tuesday night (100% successful passes).

The satisfaction of Marseille, without a doubt, has a taste of incompleteness, without communion with the fans. Forced to follow the match behind their screens after the closed-door session pronounced by UEFA in response to the excesses against Frankfurt, they had to follow the awakening of their players from afar. But OM also showed that they could count on their own mind to react. We had strength after the goal conceded to react and attack hard as we had planned.stressed the coach of Marseille.

The balance is necessarily positive, even if there are still things to improve, such as the offensive line-up (Igor Tudor’s men were flagged offside eleven times on Tuesday night). The Marseilles also benefited from game events in their favor, such as the collapse of the opposing goalkeeper, which they knew how to take advantage of. The best way to show that it’s not just an improvement? They confirm next week in Lisbon, for the rematch at Sporting.

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