A few whistles escape from the stands of the Velodrome. He missed a lot of things, rhythm, intensity and more forward runs for Marseille hooked by Montpellier (1-1). The Tudor team showed their paradoxical side again this season. Irresistible outside, where it is the best team in L1 and remains on eight consecutive successes, it can no longer win in its volcano at the Vélodrome.
OM have had a fifth game without a win in L1 at home (3 draws, 2 losses now) without counting their pitiful elimination in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France against Annecy (2-2, 6-7 on pens). This season, OM have lost 20 points at home. It’s starting to do a lot… In the standings, Marseille, instead of putting pressure on PSG (which retains a 6-point lead), is treading water and will be under threat from Lens and Monaco who can get closer this weekend. .
For its part, Montpellier confirms its recovery since the return to the bench of Michel Der Zakarian on February 7: the Hérault club is still undefeated in seven games (5 wins, 2 draws now). The beautiful series continues. Der Zakarian, who transformed a moribund team, could let go and brandish his fist in front of the Montpellier supporters. One figure sums up OM’s failed match well: only two shots on target.
Vitinha still disappointing
During the first half hour, OM were upside down. Wanderings sanctioned on a breakthrough by Wahbi Khazri converted by Arnaud Nordin, after a stint from Wahi (0-1, 12th). After appealing to the VAR, Nordin’s 5th goal this season (his best total in L1 equaled) is validated. But copiously whistled by the Vélodrome when he entered (20th) in place of Kouyaté (concussion), Mamadou Sakho will cause a penalty on an involuntary hand, granted after a new call to the VAR.
Instead of the usual shooter Alexis Sanchez, it is Mattéo Guendouzi who transforms him (1-1, 44th). In difficulty for a few weeks, less often holder with OM and not retained during the last gathering of the France team which deeply affected him, the midfielder with curly hair shows, once again, that he has of character.
But when Tudor chooses to replace him very early in the second half (58th), just like the enigma Vitinha, established for the 2nd time since his record transfer (30 million euros) and still disappointing, Guendouzi does not hide his astonishment tinged of annoyance. If OM pushed, it was Montpellier who got the best match point in the second half. But Khazri hit next (68th).
“There is no syndrome at the Velodrome. The public is fantastic with us, we are not up to it. We struggled on both surfaces. It’s complicated right now with us, ”sighs defender Samuel Gigot, very doubtful at the microphone of Prime Video.