It was the top game, the poster of Sunday night, and Marseille did not miss the match, after the disappointments of this season at home, where OM did not win in this time slot against Paris, Lille or Monaco, while It hadn’t been the case either in the Europa League against Galatasaray and Lazio Roma on Thursday afternoons. can we even talk about Total victory of Jorge Sampaoli both his team against Nice showed what everyone wanted to see, with a lot of determination in duels in particular, without denying his uniqueness with an unprecedented pattern, with a 3-2-4-1 that sometimes left Gerson to occupy the corridor only to the left?
Sampaoli’s 3-2-4-1 explained
If you describe the match as closed and tactical, if you clearly distinguish the two periods, very different in intensity, Florent-Germain welcomes the OM coach’s hit on the set of Marseille curvewhich you can find in the following video: “We quickly felt that he had prepared a blow. Payet said it, they had worked, they had prepared something. So it is also a victory over Sampaoli. In the OM we noticed that Nice was strong in depth and to push Kamara back, it was the best way to block Gouiri. We saw that in the second half, Galtier had reacted. I saw him talking a lot with his coaching staff in the first half and we felt it paid off after the break. You don’t always see that in a game, a such a tactical battle.. Guendouzi had similar comments in the mixed zone, as can be seen in the video, and it helps to better understand Sampaoli’s scheme and logic in this match. The priority was to install Kamara as a libero in a three-man defence. This is how Saliba and Caleta-Car join, the players with whom he gets along best in this configuration. As he can no longer be in the middle, and nobody can replace him position by position, he could also go for a partnership of the other two defensive midfielders, Pape Gueye and Rongier. From this base, Gerson occupies only the left side and Under the right to attack, as there will be enough people in the axis to deal with Stengs and Kephren Thuram eventually.
The end of the penalty controversy for Nice
This is also how Jean-Pierre Bernes, also present on the set, read the meeting. And he sees it as a points win for the OM coach over the Nice coach: “I think we saw a very good Marseille, tactically very well positioned, and at this level, Sampaoli beat Galtier. But you don’t have to focus on him, always talk about the coach. Everyone wins, everyone loses. There can always be tensions but not you have to isolate a coach from his group”. The one who lived the best hours of the Marseille club remembers closely that in his time OM also played in a defense of three and that to occupy the corridors they are usually midfielders, and not formative laterals, who were used like Bruno Germain or Jean-Philippe Durand. Finally, Bernès could have been Andy Delort’s agent, but he does not find that there was a penalty against the Nice striker in the second half and even adds: “The VAR is a manifest error. However, since the match there have only been discussions, so it is not evident…” End of controversy.