12 days before the resumption of Ligue 1, Olympique de Marseille timidly took the best of Nîmes (0-1), this Sunday evening, in a friendly match.
TheOlympic Marseille was arguing this Sunday evening, at Nimes, his penultimate preparation match before the resumption of Ligue 1, in 12 days, against Saint Etienne. For this meeting, André Villas-Boas had opted for a fairly classic 4-3-3, with what looked like the typical team from last season, including the returning Florian Thauvin.
Despite this usual pattern, the vice-champions of France struggled to display their automatisms, and must be content with a success on the smallest of scores (1-0). As often, it is Dimitri Payet who unblocked the situation by delivering a nice outside of the right for the victorious header of Duje Caleta-Car, following a corner (0-1, 31st).
Mandanda: “We still have things to work on”
For the rest, the Phocéens struggled to be really dangerous on the goal of Baptiste Reynet. They were certainly not helped by the injury exit of Dario benedetto, hit in the ankle (41st), and replaced by the young Marley Aké. The Nîmes, more players in the second half, could even have equalized at the end of the game without the big failure of Duljevic against goal (87th).
“It was a preparation match, in a particular context, with a lot of changes,” summed up Steve Mandanda on Canal +. There are lessons to be learned, positive or negative. It’s good, because we manage to win this match. We still have things to work on in the offensive animation, but defensively we were in place. Physically we were fine, and we know that we have two weeks left before Saint-Etienne, and that’s the most important. On Friday, OM will play their last preparation match against the Germans in Stuttgart.
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