Lorient-OM: don't give up!12 mar 2016
The draw at Ajaccio has particuliarly marked the Olympians (GFCA 1-1 OM, 28thday). «The players are upset», declared Michel after the meeting. Their looks on the way back said nothing else. The point brought back to Corse does not advance OM, still stuck in the second half of the table with nine games remaining in the championship.
The podium is now seven points behind, but is it still reasonable to look so high up?
«It is useless to plan ahead. You have to take it one game at a time without asking questions», ponders Benjamin Mendy at the Ange-Casanova stadium. That's true. The opposite would be turbulent
OM must focus on the deadline coming up, Lorient. Sylvain Ripoll's men have the same amount of points as those of Michel, with 38 units in 29 days. The Olympian recovery requires a success in Brittany, to distance themselves ... as a direct competitor.
Nothing however is done by moping about the current state of things. There are still 27 points to be taken and OM can still make a damn good ranking by the end of the season. Each rank earned has its importance, competitive-wise, but also financial-wise. The future starts now.
Thursday, the day after the 14thdraw by OM in League 1, Olympians had not lost their mask, really. The smiles were shy, except for Brice Djadjédjé, happy to resume training with his partners, and for Lucas Ocampos, back in the group after his left ankle injuryagainst Guingamp on January 10 (OM 0-0 EAG, 20th day). The staff has done everything to allow players to have fun while working their weak point: the finish. The workshops in front of the goal and the game are to restart the machine.
Friday, for the only full session before traveling to Lorient, the group appeared focused and concerned. Sadness gave way to determination. Michel, quiet the day before, spoke up to galvanizethe groupe, well compensated by his staff and players, always inclined to encourage them.
Eleventh in League 1, OM is certainly not in its place. They still have nine days to prove themselves. As Rémy Cabella always says : «Don't give up until the end!»