Gasset, a first puzzle


By: Manu Tournoux

The new OM coach must face a small tactical problem on the eve of hosting Montpellier.

The coincidence of the calendar will offer Jean-Louis Gasset a special day. On Sunday, the new OM coach will return to Montpellier, the club from his hometown with whom he maintains unwavering links, among other things, having worked there. If this duel of southerners from 23rd day of Ligue 1 will provide emotions to the man in the cap, a priority is necessary. It is tactical.

Faced with poor players, OM will be deprived of their two right-backs. Jonathan Clauss must serve a one-match suspension and Amir Murillo continues to receive treatment. To occupy this position, Jean-Louis Gasset could shift a central defender: Chancel Mbemba or Bamo Meïté. Whatever his decision, the Olympian coach must aim correctly to hope to record a second success in a row since his arrival on Monday evening at the Commanderie.

Sole survivor of the Europa League

For his first on the OM bench, Gasset and his new staff saw Samuel Gigot and his teammates beat the Ukrainians of Shakhtar Donetsk (3-1) on Thursday evening, synonymous with qualification for the knockout stages of the Europa League. The next opponent of the last club still in contention this season in the competition is called Villarreal coached by… Marcelino, who left Marseille at the start of the season in the middle of a supporters-management clash.

“Playing against this club in the round of 16 of the Europa League represents a very good showing against an institution used to competing in the European Cup, Longoria continued.. Continuing our good run this season in this event, this draw constitutes a great opportunity for Olympique de Marseille to progress by competing against the winner of the 2021 event. We look forward to it », declared Pablo Longoria, the president of OM, Thursday during a press briefing.

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