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Arkadiusz Milik, symbol of an OM attack that is no longer moving forward

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The poor pass of the Polish international illustrates the current ills of the offensive sector of Olympique de Marseille.

In slow motion. Spectacular at the start of the season, the attack by Olympique de Marseille has seriously slowed down for several weeks. With a real lack of inspiration to create opportunities, the offensive sector of the Olympians is singled out by many observers. Arrived with great pomp last January, the Phocaean center-forward, Arkadiusz Milik crystallizes the criticisms and symbolizes the current difficulties of the Marseillais in this sector of play.

Arkadiusz Milik, a profile that questions

Arkadiusz Milik’s first steps under the Olympian tunic were conclusive. Nine goals in fifteen Ligue 1 matches, including three penalties and formidable efficiency in the area. Package for the start of this new season, after having contracted a new knee injury, the Pole is struggling to showcase himself in the collective of Jorge Sampaoli. Author of a single goal in eight days of Ligue 1, the former Ajax striker is lacking in efficiency, evidenced by his missed face-to-face against Troyes (1-0). A worrying fact, as the Pole is considered a formidable finisher in the area.

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In the eye of the storm after his failed match against Troyes, Arkadiusz Milik understands the criticisms. “It’s a big club and in the big clubs there is expectation and pressure. I also have pressure as a forward because people expect me to score in every game. I’m happy to have this pressure behind me. She pushes me to grow and prove. […] Everything will come back, I just need time»He confided to the microphone of Prime Video.

If the 27-year-old striker displays a better performance on the European scene, with three goals scored, his performance is called into question for his contribution to the game and his influence on the offensive animation of the Marseillais. Milik’s profile does not allow for depth and to bring real variety to OM’s offensive phases. His movements lack sharpness, and the Polish international struggles to make differences by dribbling.

Despite a few strokes of brilliance, and an ability to win in aerial duels, Milik is sorely lacking in realism, and does not show off for his game with and without the ball. A bad pass noticed by Jorge Sampaoli, who hopes to see the Pole return to his best level. “He had a major injury. Sometimes it takes longer to come back. We need his goals. This lack of finish hurts us. Milik is struggling to find his game, but he will find it and the team will be quieter.».

However, despite a mixed start to the season, its performances also depend on the collective animation that precedes it. A number 9 is the last link in a system that has been slipping for a while.

A failing offensive animation

With 21 goals scored, OM are the eleventh attack in the championship. A statistic which strongly denotes the strength of its rearguard, since the Phocéens have the best defense in Ligue 1 with Rennes and Nice. However, the proteges of Jorge Sampaoli had attacked hard by finding the net 12 times during the 5th day. Since then, Marseille has scored nine goals in 9 games.

If Arkadiusz Milik perfectly illustrates the offensive failure of the Olympians, Marseille also experiences many difficulties inherent in the choices of Jorge Sampaoli. In the absence of the former center-forward from Naples, OM were playing with Dimitri Payet in false nine. A system where the Phocéens delivered their best offensive performances, like their victory in Montpellier. However, a lack of presence in the opponent’s area was clearly noticeable, and Milik’s return was supposed to solve this problem. A problem that is still not resolved with the Pole. OM’s offensive evils have clearly been accentuated for several weeks and do not only concern Milik’s case. Marseille is dependent on the exploits of Dimitri Payet and the fulgurances of Cengiz Under to procure chances in the game.

Apart from the desire to stretch the opposing block to find the side players, the Olympians do not seem to have preferential circuits. Cataloged as an offensive technician, Jorge Sampaoli has been extremely cautious in previous weeks, aligning Pol Lirola left winger or right winger, or even Pape Gueye left midfielder against Galatasaray. A throwback for the Argentine coach who seems to draw his origins in the defeat against Lens (2-3).

The match against Lens, which we could also have won, is a clear example that in France if we play like that (attacks-defenses), the opponents are better prepared than us. Defensively and offensively. We will always suffer in this type of match ”.

Jorge Sampaoli

An attacking sector at half mast, characterized by the chess situations encountered by Konrad de la Fuente, Amine Harit and Luis Henrique. These three players have already played their game at OM, but are struggling to find their marks in order to win in the starting XI. In short, the attack on Marseille is a huge project. Arkadiusz Milik struggles to confirm his status, the offensive animation is failing, the coach takes an increasingly minimalist approach, and the young players are unable to express themselves in the team. To remain well placed in the standings, OM will have to find certainties in the game, under penalty of having a complicated second part of the season.


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