Diarra talks about his return19 mar 2016
"We weren't good, we all have to admit it.," Lassana Diarra stated after OM's terrible disappointment on Friday at the Vélodrome Stadium in the game against Rennes. Nevertheless, the French international doesn't have to be ashamed of his own performance. After being forced to leave his teammates at halftime during the game against Toulouse due to knee pain (OM 1-1 TFC, 29th day of Ligue 1 2015-16), the Olympiens' midfielder played a very good game, from a statistical point of view, against the Bretons yesterday night.
With 90 balls touched, he was at the heart of the game and, as usual, his rate of successful passes was almost perfect (88%), even if his averages gets lower in the last 30 meters (67%).
If Lassana Diarra's job was to be good at defense, there are no problems there. OM's number 10 made more tackles that any other player in the game (6 out of 8 attempted, for a 75% success rate). He was also the number 1 defensive midfielder f the game with 11 balls recovered including 3 interceptions.
Diarra is also pretty tough and isn't afraid of duels. He even enjoys them. The proof is in his winning 11 duels out of 15 (73%). There again, no other player on the field did better.
If the midfielder's performance on the Olympiens' home turf is part of the team's, as he himself says so well, Lassana Diarra richly deserves praise from OM's fans.