Reviving the flame

18 mar 2016
Par 
Allan Chaussard
Photos © 
Yannick Parienti / OM.net
After more than six months without winning in Stade Vélodrome in Ligue 1, OM plays against the visiting Rennes on home field on the 31st day, this Friday at 8:30 p.m. with the strong intention to end this dark series.

Fifteen matches. OM haven't won in Stade Vélodrome since fifteen matches in the championship. The statistics seem crazy, and still. The last home success of Michel's men in the league dates back to last September 13, when Bastia arrived as visiting team (OM 4-1 Bastia, 5th day). On that evening, the Olympians dominated the game without a doubt, and increased the number of scored goals to ten in two games on their home field. So it was unimaginable to predict the long litany of the next six month in the arena on Michelet boulevard.
The Olympiens have tried to turn this tendency around since that September 13, but there was nothing to do, OM had to leave the field every time with their heads lowered, rarely with a defeat (3 losses and 12 tie-games), but never with a victory.
On this Friday against Rennes, we say then, as always: this time will be the good one!
The reasons for hope can be seen well and clearly based on the last days in Robert Louis-Dreyfus center.
First, the team is still clinging on and works in harmony with the technical staff led by Michel. Then, the last two training sessions have proved the players to be concentrated and concerned about the events. Hurt in their pride, the Olympiens are willing to bounce back.
"We don't look down, but always up." said Abou Diaby on Wednesday's press conference. In the team again, really close to get back on the fields of Ligue 1, the midfielder don't plan to finish the season in the mid-table, squatted by OM since months now.
The leaders' attitude, like Lassana Diarra during the last training session in Robert Louis-Dreyfus center before OM-Rennes, bode a surge of pride from the team in Stade Vélodrome this evening.
Against a playful team on form since the arrival of Rolland Courbis on the bench and with and overflowing European ambition, the Olympiens don't have the right to push through the game while being baffled by the situation. The inherent passion of OM is asleep, but in Marseille, like nowhere else, a tiny thing can revive the flame. This won't happen through words, but obviously on the field.  

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