OM 1-0 Reims: Batshuayi, Olympian of the match

08 may 2016
Par 
Allan Chaussard
Photos © 
Yannick Parienti / OM.net 2016
With more than half of your votes, Michy Batshuayi wins the election of the Olympian of the match against Reims (SDR OM 1-0, 37th day of League 1 2015-16). The Belgian striker ahead of Steve Mandanda and Florian Thauvin.
1 | Michy Batshuayi - 50.99%

He is the man of the moment within the Olympique of Marseille! By scoring his 17 th goal of the championship season in the match against Reims, Michy Batshuayi gave OM a valuable and symbolic victory for the last match of the season at the Stade Vélodrome, after 15 unsuccessful matches in League 1 within Michelet boulevard. The Belgian striker served his goal alone by pressing perfectly Agassa, guilty of a big technical error in front of his net. Nevertheless, Michy could have given his team some cover much earlier during the match, if he had shown a little more concentration on his positioning and on his partners' offerings. More generally, Batshuayi scored 4 of the last 5 goals of OM in League 1. Better, he is involved in 7 of the last 11 Olympian achievements in the elite (5 goals, 2 assists).

2 | Steve Mandanda - 22.06%

After a season in which he has demonstrated the extent of his talent, Steve Mandanda did not have his most complicated time against Reims on Saturday evening. The Olympic captain, however, remained attentive throughout the match and responded on the biggest occasion offered by Reims by perfectly capturing Kankava's deflection shortly after the hour mark, following a free kick that was far for the Champenois.
Punished with a severe yellow card for winning time late in the game, Mandanda will not forget this match any time soon, and not in a sports way, but for an event completely independent from football. At the end of the match, a young supporter of OM jumped the handrail to run towards the OM goalkeeper to give him a very touching hug. A beautiful image, symbolizing the love of the people of Marseille for their captain.  

3 | Florian Thauvin - 6.8%

He too is in great in great shape for several weeks. Even if he has not scored a goal or made an assist against Reims, Florian Thauvin has still been one of the foremost Olympians in the 37 th day of League 1 at the Stade Vélodrome.
Unbearable on his right side, Thauvin multiplied dribbling, centers and strikes, thus forcing Agassa and his supporters to work hard many times in order to annihilate his desire to score. He even deserved to get a penalty when Turan marked him roughly in the Reims area. Florian Thauvin has two more matches to play with the OM shirt, and everything suggests that he will be one of the main OM's actors of this late season. 

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