UEFA Champions League: Against Sporting Portugal, OM finally showed its highest level
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UEFA Champions League: Against Sporting Portugal, OM finally showed its highest level

It was a test against the wall, which OM passed with flying colors. In an unfavorable poll since the start of their Champions League campaign, Marseille finally managed to stop the bleeding and regain the taste of victory over Sporting Portugal, Tuesday 4 October. A success in style: four goals scored, a sense of mastery, a very good reaction after a disastrous start … OM came out of this opponent with the impression that he found himself in the end.

The start of Marseille’s season so far has looked like a two-part story. On the one hand, a resounding start in the French League, with Marseille a solid second, still undefeated, to the rhythm of the Parisian leader, with 23 points in the bag out of a possible 27, the best start in the league in the club’s history. On the other hand, it was the disappointing matches on the European scene, after two defeats in the largest number of group matches this season. OM suffered a severe injury in C1, marked by a sad statistic of 16 losses in the last 17 matches played in the competition.

But on Tuesday evening, on the grass of the Stade Velodrome, Marseille finally climbed to the highest level in Europe. They have regained the speed, physical impact and offensive momentum that make them successful in the league every weekend. “We had an excellent game together, there was good pressure, which allowed us to get a lot of balls back and get a lot of chances”Appreciate Matteo Guendouzi for Canal Mic + after the final whistle.

After the incomplete performance against Tottenham in London, and the disappointment of the low level shown against Frankfurt, the broad and outspoken victory over the Portuguese came to reassure the Olympians. This victory gives us courage and confidence. I’m too late”admitted Igor Tudor at a press conference after the match.

For the first time in the Champions League, the Olympians fired much more than their opponents (19 shots against six). They were finally able to establish control of the ball (60% possession). Many elements of Marseille have taken eleven measures of the event, such as Matteo Guendouzi, who misses heavily from Frankfurt, composer on Tuesday evening in the midfield (100% of successful passes).

Marseille’s satisfaction undoubtedly has a taste of incompleteness, without communication with supporters. They had to follow the meeting behind their screens after the closed session announced by the European Football Association in response to the abuses against Frankfurt, and they had to follow the awakening of their players from afar. But OM has also proven that they can rely on their brains to respond. We had the strength after the ceded target to respond and attack aggressively as we planned.Marseille coach confirmed.

The balance sheet is necessarily positive, even if there are still things to improve, such as the offensive line-up (Igor Todor’s men were reported eleven times in an offside position on Tuesday night). Marseille also took advantage of match facts to their advantage, such as the collapse of the opposing goalkeeper, which they were able to capitalize on. The best way to prove that it is not just an improvement? Confirmation next week in Lisbon to take revenge on Sporting.


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