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progress for Gerson, difficult return for Amavi

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Gerson’s best performance, promises confirmed for Guessand, but also Amavi’s difficulties: find the Tops and Flops of the editorial staff at the end of this match between Nice and Marseille (1-1).


Better at Gerson
Criticized since his arrival for his minimalist contribution, Gerson had a chance to prove his qualities in this postponed match. And the Brazilian was more present than usual with more exchanges with his partners, more duels disputed. And especially a decisive pass to the key with a center that Milik let slip for Payet, equalizer scorer. A good basis for the future.

Guessand, the good surprise
Decisive scorer against Lyon last Sunday (3-2), Evann Guessand was still restless against OM. Mobile, hard-hitting, he started the game with a good acceleration, then a second which resulted in an assist for Gouiri. Still in action on a shot too crossed (14e), he left his partners at the start of the second half due to injury. An outing that completely destabilized its partners, which is to say its importance in the meeting.

Atal, still so interesting
As a right-back, Youcef Atal was also in the tradition of his match against Lyon. Bringing a lot offensively, he represented a constant threat for OM until his last cross of the game. Very skillful technically, he hurt Marseille’s left lane.

Pau Lopez asserts itself more and more
Propelled number 1 in the Marseille cage, at the expense of Mandanda, Pau Lopez has become a rather reliable goalkeeper for OM. After his good performance against PSG last Sunday, the Marseille goalkeeper made another good copy in Nice. Authoritarian in the air, he signed two beautiful parades in front of Gouiri (35e) and on a messed up corner (50e). Also author of an energetic exit against Atal, he justifies all the confidence of Sampaoli.


Amavi, still in difficulty
He made his return as a holder a month after a match in Angers. And, logically, he suffered. Already not well installed in the OM of Sampaoli, Jordan Amavi found himself passed in the long and wide against Nice. Not knowing how to contain Atal and young Da Cunha, he constantly ran behind the ball and brought nothing offensively. Very complicated return.

An OM sticking out its tongue a little
The matches are linked and we are starting to see some signs of fatigue in the ranks of Marseille. Sampaoli had however chosen to turn his eleven a bit by giving Gueye, Luis Henrique or Amavi a chance. But his team appeared borrowed with less hard-hitting actions, less risk-taking, more calculations. Like against PSG last Sunday. OM are trying to manage their efforts while waiting to accelerate again by the next international break.


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