OM-Reims: Last chance!07 may 2016
«We can not finish the season without a home win. Saturday is our last chance. I hope you are all aware. This is a very important match.» Thursday morning at the Robert Louis-Dreyfus center, just before training, Franck Passi reminded his players of their debt to the OM fans.
A win against Reims would not erase the nearly eight-month Olympian dearth at the Velodrome stadium in the league, but it would mark the end of a terrible season at home.
Since its spectacular victories against Troyes (Troyes OM 6-0) and against Bastia (OM 4-1 SCB) on 13 September 2015, OM has chained 11 draws and 4 losses in the League 1 den. A peak in Marseille where the stadium is a monument inseparable from the legend of the club.
The Velodrome is usually a fortress, this season it is the scene of the worst OM disappointments. With a penultimate rank at home already acquired, the Olympians do not have time to catch up, they can still conclude in beauty, although they will be without their turns once more.
Nevertheless, against Reims, Steve Mandanda and his teammates will not have it easy. Reims, 18th, are in a full fight for survival in League 1, with 1 point behind the GFC Ajaccio (17th) and two ahead of TFC (19th). Their position is very uncomfortable, but a victory at the Vélodrome Stadium will offer them a final at the Auguste Delaune Stadium in the last day against Lyon.
Reims Stadium's need to leave Marseille with three points, however, could do the business of Franck Passi and his men. More comfortable facing teams and players not huddled in their own half, the Olympians have the cards in hand to get out of their bad spiral.
After its success at Sochaux synonymous with Final French Cup (FCSM 0-1 OM) and Angers to ensure its maintenance (SCO Angers 0-1 OM), OM still has two capital games: Reims on Saturday and the final of the French Cup on May 21 against PSG. If the second appointment is the most prestigious, the first is not less important, sportingly and financially, each place gained reporting a significant additional savings. It is also and especially the last chance to not conclude the 2015-16 season at the Vélodrome Stadium with heads down (again).