Granville-OM: the pregame

03 mar 2016
Par 
Camille Daurès
Photos © 
Yannick Parienti / OM.net 2016
On Thursday evening at 9 pm, OM faces Granville, club of CFA2 division, at the stadium Michel d'Ornano in the context of the French Cup quarterfinals, within sight of a semi-final spot so longed for.

Is the stadium Michel d'Ornano a lucky charm for OM this season? With a qualification in the round of 64 against Caen (1-1, victory in the penalty shootout) and a success in the League, the Norman field seems to appeal to the Olympians. For the third time in two months, Michel's men will play in Caen. But this time they will face Granville, the "Tom Thumb" of the tournament. No doubt, this opponent is well within the reach of OM. And OM did not fall into the trap set by Trélissac in the previous round. Of course, in theory, OM is the favourite. But on the Granville side, there is no way to miss this opportunity to reach a semi-final. With 90% of Marseille fans among the team, Granville's players have the ambition to perform well but Michel's men are determined to continue their way.
So dear to the club, the French Cup is part of the Olympian heritage. With 10 trophies, the OM holds the cups record and plans to make it last, but this requires a qualification against Granville.
With the postponement of the match against Gazélec, OM had time to carefully prepare their quarterfinal. Their physique is fresh and their minds focused on this matchup. It is important to continue this journey, so laudable from the beginning. OM simply has not conceded any goal since the start of the 2015-16 tournament - the only team in this case from the remaining eight.
Short of five elements (Diarra, Ocampos, Djadjédjé, Nkoulou, Diaby), Michel still plans to bring his best team to not let Granville impose her game.
A semi-final is within reach of the Olympians, the ninth since the last one had opened their way to the Stade de France. And Benjamin Mendy has clearly announced the mindset of the team in the press conference: " This cup, we all want it. ."
Us too!

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