Angers - OM: do it!01 may 2016
The commando operation launched with the arrival of Franck Passi isn't over yet. Last Sunday, Olympians had the chance to guarantee the future of OM in Ligue 1 but they only took a point against Nantes at the Vélodrome stadium. The difference from the highest ranked team has decreased - from six to four points in just one game. Slowly, but surely, Marseilles are getting closer to their goal. «We'll do this, continues Franck Passi,I don't even think about being downgraded to Ligue 2. We work every day to ensure club's maintenance, to educate our players just to restore their confidence».
To do that, his players will have to show more winning spirit than in the previous games. Although there has been a significant increase in the quality of the play since Franck Passi took over, the consequences of previously made decisions still have an impact. «The team lacks mental freshness, stresses the OM coach, they need confidence to find spontaneity. That's why we're having a reassuring speech. OM isn't inferior to Angers, Reims or Troyes.»
Of course, but who would have thought last August when facing Angers that OM would aim to ensure its stay while the Angevins still believed in a sixth place that was enough to qualify for Europa League?
Not many people... But this is the picture that we portray at the encounter of the 36th day in Ligue 1. SCO Angers, boosted by an amazing road to success, appeared on the podium for a long time before slowly slipping a few places.
OM went to Anjou without a clear choice for the midfield player. Romao is suspended, Diaby and Isla injured and Diarra still hasn't recovered enough to play in a match. Franck Passi has to trust the Barrada-Zambo Anguissa duo. As for the rest of them, there are some other absences (Rolando, Nkoudou) so our coach can afford to line up men who've already played against Nantes (attackers Batshuayi and Fletcher).
Between a champion of draws (17) and another one of 0-0 matches (8), we hope that the game will be successful. Three victory points for OM as well...
It all comes down to the words of Franck Passi: «We'll do it...»
Then do it!