OM, so weak against the strong


By: Manu Tournoux

OM fell back into their mistakes on Sunday in Rennes. After the international break, the Marseille club will have to face well-ranked teams, against whom it loses almost systematically this season.

Olympique de Marseille suffered their first defeat in Ligue 1, Sunday against Stade Rennais (2-0), since Jean-Louis Gasset took over from Gennaro Gattuso on the sidelines. Last Thursday, the Marseille club had already come close to being penalized by narrowly avoiding a comeback from Villarreal in the Europa League.

What if the Jean-Louis Gasset effect had not really existed? Perhaps Marseille's good period is justified by weak opposition. In any case, this is the thesis defended by Nabil Djellit. “OM, first real test in L1. There’s no one left…”wrote the sports journalist on his X account, after the defeat in Brittany. “OM have not won an L1 match since August against a higher ranked team in the Championship. How do you explain it? »he then asked in a second tweet.

Crazy schedule after the international break

Sunday evening, at a press conference, the OM coach tried to explain this setback. “When we see the list of absentees, like Gigot, Balerdi or Rongier, that inevitably penalizes us. But a season is made up of injuries and suspensions. It's up to us to adapt. Playing on the edge all the time is difficult”declared the 70-year-old technician.

After the international break, OM will enter the home stretch of their season. And it will begin with the “Classique” against Paris Saint-Germain, at the Stade Vélodrome, on Sunday March 31. The Olympian club will then travel to Lille on April 5, then to Benfica on April 11 for the quarter-final first leg of the Europa League.

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