Lorient 1-1 OM : Mandanda, Olympian et superstar of the match

13 mar 2016
Par 
Allan Chaussard
Photos © 
Yannick Parienti / OM.net 2016
It could not be otherwise, Steve Mandanda has been widely elected Olympian of the match in Lorient (FCL OM 1-1, 30th day of Ligue 1 2015-16), with nearly 95% of your votes, a record! Isla and Thauvin complete the podium.
1 | Steve Mandanda – 94,85%

«Jesus» for Thierry Laurey, trainer of GFC Ajaccio. «Among the best goalkeepers in the world» for Rémy Cabella. «All the superlatives go to Mandanda», for Sylvain Ripoll, Lorient's trainer. One of the best. Steve Mandanda is simply exceptional. Without its captain, OM would certainly have lost to Lorient. Author of 9 parries against the Merlus, his career high on a match record this season in League 1, Mandanda continues to impress. Match after match, he maintains a level of performance that is out of the norm. If he flaunts his class at each OM meeting, the OM captain is also a great man in the locker room. His rant at halftime of the game in Brittany initiated the Olympian burst early in the second period. Steve Mandanda certainly achieves the best season since his debut in professional at Le Havre in 2004. Which certainly sows doubt in the minds of Didier Deschamps concerning the goaltending hierarchy in the France team, a few months before the Euro 2016 ...

2 | Mauricio Isla – 2,32%

The tying goal of the Chilean after the break, his second in League 1 this season, is another illustration of the concentration and the unwavering commitment of Mauricio Isla since arriving at Marseille last summer. Upon receiving a counter shot from Batshuayi, Isla, then the right side, had thrown high in the field to bring the surplus. Although it took him. He then applied himself for slipping the ball between the legs of Lecomte, with control, composure and accuracy.
Before that, the Chilean Swiss knife began the match in midfield alongside Romao. Replaced on the right flank of the defense after the wounded exit of Mendy, he tried to provide solutions to his partners, but he mostly had to focus on defensive tasks facing the restless Lorient attackers.
If he is not always flamboyant, Isla responds systematically present. 

3 | Florian Thauvin – 0,87%

Tenured on the right side of the Olympian attack, Florian Thauvin was, as usual, spent without restraint. The wingman has often sought to serve his partners in the game like on set pieces, sometimes without success but also brilliantly, as on his Cabella to pass the ball behind his back of the defense of FC Lorient, which could have allowed OM to open the scoring early in the game.
Not sparing efforts to provide defensive support to his teammates, Florian Thauvin , replaced for the last 20 minutes of the game by Bounba Sarr, will not yet fully harvest the fruits of their daily work, but he never gives up and will keep, rest assured, this spirit until the end of the season.

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