After two consecutive draws, Olympique de Marseille returns to the Europa League with the re ;reception of Ajax Amsterdam. A victory against the Dutch and OM would be assured. of a European spring. Follow the meeting live and with commentary, from 9 p.m. on linternaute.com.
The Olympique de Marseille season looks like it did in 2018. a tumultuous river where sometimes the waters are agitated to the point of overflowing before becoming calmer again, too calm. After the departure of Marcelino in a quasi-insurrectional context, the Marseille club thought they had found their way back. the path to serenity with the arrival of the bubbling Gennaro Gattuso and the appeasement with the supporters. The turmoil has stopped, it is true, but the team has not woken up and that is what is worrying at the moment of receiving the #39;Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League.
Gattuso changes his tone
The concern arose from the sequence of performances that were passable at best by a workforce seeking an identity. and remains notably four matches in Ligue 1 without a victory and at least four matches in Ligue 1 without a victory. barely a goal scored last weekend at home. Strasbourg (1-1. Precisely, this trip to Strasbourg finished consuming the credit of the players in the eyes of their coach. After the meeting, the 2006 world champion left é to express his anger at the indigence of the second period of his family.
After showing himself to be patient and protective, the elder Milanese tries something else to shake up his group and reveal it.
"I try to get into their heads, to succeed in their success. show the same face for 90 minutes. As long as we do not find this continuity in the game, the pressure will increase. It's a club with a history, with a lot of pressure, everyone knows that before signing here, players and manager. Against Strasbourg, in the second half, we could have taken 3 or 4 goals, they ate us. This is what concerns me the most", he confided in a press conference at the day before hosting Ajax Amsterdam.
By speaking like this, Gattuso hopes to create an electric shock and make his players responsible, at least for the moment. start with frames that are too far behind in relation to; what they should bring.
" I don't think we lack character or leadership", nevertheless tempers Pau Lopez, referring to Gigot, Kondogbia, Aubameyang in particular. One in each line and on whom the other players should be able to rely when the match is not going the right way. Beyond character, Marseille still does not know how to evolve, particularly offensively, a sector that has been totally disrupted. this summer and where the alchemy is slow to arrive emerge between Aubameyang, Sarr, Correa and Ndiaye, without forgetting Vitinha arrived the previous winter. Ajax reinvigorated
If OM is still fumbling, this no longer seems to be the case for Ajax Amsterdam. Author of a distressing start to the season under the leadership of Maurice Steijn, the Amsterdam institution has undergone its transformation after having touched; bottom and being torn apart by PSV Eindhoven (2-5), just a month ago. The coach, who arrived Sparta Rotterdam in summer last, was thanked him, conceding that he had not succeeded in achieving this. Connect with the club, and John van't Schip arrived. to bail out the ship which was listing. The former Ajax midfielder, who had already assured a temporary stint on the club's bench in 2009, restored order, creating a clear team while instilling a different mentality.
"We have improved a lot; our game and the 5-0 on Saturday will help us. We are more compact,” believes the technician whose team scored the victory. à 13 recoveries in his last five matches. Building on this dynamic, van't Schip made no doubt about the Dutch intentions at the Vélodrome: to win and validate the progress observed.
A threat well identified by Gattuso which confirms that the opponent of the evening has nothing left to do. see with the one encountered; end of September (3-3 draw in Amsterdam).
" Since their change of coach (John van't Schip succeeded Maurice Steijn on October 30, of whom he was assistant, editor's note), their game has changed. They have a lot of young players with a lot of talent, a lot of movement. Against Ajax, Brighton only had 47% possession when they are normally above 60%. I think it shows Ajax's new way of playing, and it will be a match that will be very difficult to play against, analyzes the Italian.< /p>
A new challenge for these Marseillais, deprived of their regulator Valentin Rongier.
"We need to be more demanding among ourselves. It's not enough what we're doing so far", urges Pau Lopez, echoed by his coach. "We have the opportunity to to show something else." Now at the Vélodrome, this season, OM has rarely disappointed and above all never lost.
The meeting of the The second day of the European League between Olympique de Marseille and Ajax Amsterdam will take place in Paris. from 9 p.m., on the side from the Vélodrome stadium, to Marseille.
The match of the 5th day of the Europe League between Olympique de Marseille and Ajax Amsterdam will be broadcast live on M6 and Canal+Foot.
< p>The meeting between Olympique de Marseille by Samuel Gigot and Ajax Amsterdam by Steven Bergwijn will be available in streaming on the 6Play and CanalPlay platform.
Betclic: Olympique de Marseille : 1.58/Draw: 4.18/Ajax Amsterdam: 4.80
Parions Sport: Olympique de Marseille: 1.57/Draw: 4.20/Ajax Amsterdam: 4.90
Winamax: Olympique de Marseille: 1.60/Draw: 4.10/Ajax Amsterdam: 4.80
Olympique from Marseille: Pau Lopez – Clauss, Gigot (cap.), Balerdi, Murillo – Kondogbia, Veretout – Sarra, Harit, Correa – Aubameyang.
Ajax Amsterdam: Ramaj – Gaaei, Rensch, Hato, Martha – Tahirovi, Taylor – Berghuis, Hlynsson, Bergwijn (cap.) – Akpom.