GFC Ajaccio-OM: Before the Game28 feb 2016
In the middle of the week, Olympique de Marseille ended its European run in Bilbao, Spain with a game that was a tie but which was, especially in the first period, very interesting. Before scoring in San Mamés, the Olympiens had six opportunities. With their backs to the wall after the first leg game, Michel made resolutely offensive choices with two forwards and a midfielder in a diamond shape of three offensive players. That didn't get results, and Marseille's lack of realism cost them dearly once again.
With the qualification lost at San Mamés, OM now needs to focus on what remains: the Coupe de France championship. For the Coupe de France they will have to wait for next week. Ligue 1, however, starts right away with a trip to Ajaccio where the positive points seen at Bilbao could be useful. Indeed, as in the game against Paris, Michel's players showed all or their strengths on the Basque field but they were disappointed by the final whistle. At eleven days from the end of the 2015-16 season, it's no longer a question of letting points get away, especially in away games, where OM gets better results, and against a low-ranking team.
In their to rejoin the teams fighting for third place, the Olympiens are moving slowly: in their last thirteen games in L1, they played nine tie games. Before the 28th day, OM is the runner-up in point sharing (12 in total) right behind Lille (13). The eleven points won since the beginning of the return phase (two wins, five ties and one loss) weren't enough to obtain the lead, which is not all that far, since five points separate OM from the lowest step of the podium.
Without Nkoulou, who is suspended, Djadjédjé and Ocampos injured, the Marseillaise club still has the means to beat its rival from Ajaccio. The GFCA, at the bottom, has not won in L1 in 2016. Its most recent success was on December 20, at home against Lyon on the 19th day. Since then, Thierry Laurey's players have only gotten four points in eight days (four ties). The Corsican club launched its "peacekeeping operation" and is looking forward to the game with Marseille to make an impression, as much for psychological reasons as for the points.
As for OM, it has to bounce back from its European disappointment and move forward in the championship in order to provide its fans with an exiting end to the season.