After OM – Monaco (0-1) / “The problem does not date from today”: Marseille no longer goes straight to the point

It’s a disturbing chorus for Marseille. A new weekend that ends under the sign of disillusionment. Two weeks ago, for example, there was the surprising home defeat against Clermont (0-2). There was the frustrating draw that was awarded at the end of the game in Troyes last Sunday (1-1). There is now the setback against Monaco in a Vélodrome that has reached the end of its patience (0-1). Three games, a single point, a lost second place in Nice… And a small goal in 270 minutes. That could well be the cause of the black hole that OM has gone through.

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The finding is especially striking after the defeat to ASM. Marseille just went over the bar from ten shots on the goal of Alexander Nübel, the Monegasque goalkeeper (11). Above all, he only framed two. Under these circumstances, it is difficult to hope for a result. †We missed a lot in the last 20 metersrecognized the Marseille striker Arkadiusz Milik from the Prime Video microphone. We had the ball, we controlled the game in the first half, but we missed something on the last pass. We didn’t have a great chance, and the problem is not new

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The Pole is right. OM had just three shots on target against Troyes last Sunday, and four against Clermont two weeks ago. Less than ten shots on target in three games is very thin for a Champions League contender. It is all the more alarming that two of the three teams Marseille faced during this period are among the five most permeable defenses in the championship. And that Jorge Sampaoli’s formation still has solid individualities on offense.

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Sampaoli also seemed eager to stress them out to correct the situation against Monaco. The Olympic coach had chosen to renew the Payet-Milik-Bakambu trio in the hopes that it would be a repeat of the offensive festival signed against Angers in early February (5-2). But while everyone imagined the same 4-4-2 diamonds they had against Lorraine, in the end it was a flat 4-4-2 that set Sampaoli up against ASM. With Payet on the left, even though the Reunionese could benefit from great freedom of movement.

The schedule debate continues

The plan of the Argentine technician was not so far from working in a first period when Marseille often bore the danger to the Monegasque surface. But not necessarily for the purpose. †The first period was one of the best played periods in the Vélodromesaid Sampaoli. We were not efficient, but our domination was total. At the restart we were a bit hesitant with the ball, too confused and disorderly compared to the first period. In total we lacked a bit of precision to score and be rewarded for this dominance

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But if the first half was rather encouraging, none of Marseille’s attacking elements could deliver their best performance over the entire game. The debate over the system, which has been going on for months in Marseille, is only being revived. By adjusting his schedule, Sampaoli gives his players few opportunities to orient themselves. †We often change the system, we played in 4-3-3 against Clermont, there in 4-4-2Milik acknowledged. But in my opinion it doesn’t matter how you play, the most important thing is to win.

Milik: ‘I miss playing time’

System change is a first element. That of the men is another which may also explain, at least in part, Marseille’s difficulties in the attack. Against Monaco, Sampaoli has opted for a different third line of attack in the last three league games, betting on the Payet-Milik-Ünder trio against Clermont and then on a Payet-Dieng-Ünder trio in Troyes. Like the modification of the diagrams, that of the associations does not promote automatisms between the players.

Milik didn’t hide that it bothered him. †I haven’t played in the last two games, but for me the rhythm is very importanthe admitted at Prime Video’s microphone. I feel better when I play every three days. I need playtime to get better. You travel a lot, you don’t play and you might miss it… But in the end it’s the coach who decides, and I respect his choicesThey are far from profitable at the moment. And Sampaoli must quickly find the cure for this returning evil so that Marseille stops the bleeding and returns the honor to his motto.

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