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Marseille - Nice: OM under pressure in Ligue 1

Point&eac; &agrav; 7 lengths from its evening opponent, Olympique de Marseille must à all costs must be imposed &agrav; home against Nice to continue à believe à a European qualification in Ligue 1.

This is the charm of Marseille, that of a club from which we no longer really know what to expect other than its capacity to play. &agrav; surprise. It's also the story of an inconsistency, of an absence of guideline in the results which means that'' one month from the end of the season, Olympique de Marseille is stuck in the soft underbelly of Ligue 1, à a sad 9th place, far from the initial ambitions.

Gasset asks for aggression

Except that'à 5 days before the end of the championship, time is running out for the squad. Jean-Louis Gasset, once again hooked last weekend at Toulouse where she only has her own salvation. an equalizer from Moumbagna coming out of nowhere at the end of added time (2-2). A paradoxical draw because the Marseille coach had decided to win. to turn on the banks of the Garonne to spare his men but which did not satisfy him. Also, he hopes to see a reaction against Nice.

In this sense the return of executives should do good à l'OM. "I'had lefté executives like Veretout, Aubameyang or Balerdi. Tomorrow, we will have fresh frames. We're going to be operational", assures Gasset, who also announced; that Clauss was available again and that he maintained his confidence in the company. Pau Lopez not &agrav; its advantage à Toulouse. Good news because his team desperately needs to get back on track in Ligue 1 after four games without a win (3rd and 3rd). oacute;do and a draw).

If Nice does not appear to be the ideal opponent for this, the fact of hosting them at the Vélodrome should be an asset undeniable. Indeed, if it skates on the road with only 2 victories in 15 Championship matches, in front of its supporters, OM is metamorphosed ;. This season, in all competitions, only Paris Saint-Germain has managed to achieve this goal. impose themselves on the Marseille pitch. “We need to rediscover this state of mind, this aggressiveness” and this efficiency which means that in our den, we are hard à play", claims Gasset who will have to play" find the right words again.

"This will be a fundamental match"

Because on the other hand, Nice does not intend to let a competitor for Europe return to the race. "This match will be fundamental. Everything is still open from the 2nd à 10th place", knows well Francesco Farioli who hopes that his team can take advantage of an opponent perhaps distracted by other objectives than Ligue 1. "We are facing a team that could already have the lead in the league. journey to the Europa League semi-final."

A wish more than a reality but Nice is ready for this duel between clubs from the south-east of France. After a passage à empty, the Aiglons displayed é a more interesting face against Lorient with à the key the clearest victory of their season (3-0). "I expect' a difficult match against Nice. They were a little less good but against Lorient (3-0), I found myself again. an incisive team", confirms Gasset, whose problem will be as much to score against them as they are. the best defense in the Championship (22 goals conceded, editor's note) than blocking Moffi and others while Mbemba will not be able to hold his place. Everything will once again depend on the mask that the Marseillais present.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116