OM-Nantes: let's fight against relegation. Quick!

24 apr 2016
Frédéric Rostain
Photos © 
Yannick Parienti / 2016
On Sunday, at 2 p.m., OM receives FC Nantes at the Stade Vélodrome, whose two curves will be closed.

At the center Robert Louis-Dreyfus everybody smiles again, after having qualified, on Wednesday night, for the finale of the Coupe de France. By beating the Sochaux 1-0 at the Stade Auguste-Bonal, the OM could afford a breath of fresh air and found again the success they had not known in all their competitions since the quarter-final of the Coupe de France on March 3rd in Caen, facing Granville. It is now time to revive by winning the French championship, as in League 1, three points escape the Marseilles since February 2nd (with the success in Montpellier, 0-1). At home, they have always won over the past seven months and ten days (OM 4-1 Bastia, September 13th, 2015). This anomaly must end as soon as possible since, mathematically, Franck Passi's players are not yet safe.
The commando operation launched by the new OM's coach twofold: to qualify for the finale and remain among the elite. "We must keep this fight mode. We must create our game and work hard for every match, said Franck Passi. As in Sochaux, we will have to keep our aggressiveness, and keep working and fighting losing possession in order to recover it. "

The success at Sochaux, the only one within the last nine matches, has given confidence to the OM players. This confidence, in addition to what they showed at Bonal, especially in the second half of the match, should allow them to better take up the reception of FC Nantes. The Marseilles seemed more solid, more free, and they regained their spontaneous play, which allowed them to score in the Doubs. These values must rebound on Sunday against Nantes.
The FCN, with its 44 points, does not play offensive anymore. Michel Der Zakarien's team is not concerned, nor for Europe, nor by the relegation. Their only aim, for the last four days, is to end up in the first half of the table, as they remain on four consecutive setbacks in L1. "This training plays against with faster and more powerful strikers. They're waiting for us. Basing on the second half of Sochaux, we will attack and try to score " said the Marseille’s coach.The Olympians, deprived of Diarra, Isla, and Rolando Nkoudou, cannot count on the support from the bleachers Jean Bouin and Ganay, since both curves of the Stade Velodrome are closed as a precaution until the meeting of the disciplinary committee of the LFP on the next May 12th. In a half-empty stadium, they will have to win the way they won at home, in order to ensure the faster their place in the League 1.

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