OM 5 - 1 Montpellier: a smile for the weekend

27 jan 2017
Par 
Thierry Muratelle
Photos © 
Yannick Parienti / OM.net 2017
OM's greatest success is often the result of a resourceful team, even though they stood idle for half of the second period. A welcome victory four days prior to hosting Lyon. A dose of confidence to approach this event with optimism and enthusiasm.

When the score opens early, or even very early in the context of a game, there is always a question of the consequence of this first goal. Experience has shown: there is no truth. We have seen various outcomes: favorable, magical, bewildering, sad at times. In short, this is the story of football, many and varied examples add to the many pages of specialized books.
The goal by Gomis after 181 seconds of play brought a type of serenity to Rudi Garcia's team. This first goal especially helped OM to heat up the ambiance and continue a the state of mind consistent with that displayed upon kickoff.
Simple plays, determined players, all facilitated by a relatively observational adversary that focused most of the evening on countering any form of attack. We would have liked to have put this game out of reach more rapidly, similarly to the opportunity at the 17th minute, but this aggravation was largely offset by the collective approach on the second goal.
Three goals in the first half certainly rewarded the more enterprising team, the one with the superior ball possession (70%), reflecting its control of the battles, but even if Montpellier appeared awkward, it would be wrong to say they were incapable of making plays. With 13 shots against, three welcome saves by Pelé, they tried to trap the Olympiens who are not fully adjusted on the defensive front.
The big victory took time before sealing itself on this last Friday of January. The return from the locker room was quite particular. The Olympiens gave us the feeling that they did not know how to proceed in this game. Not as good as the game progressed, the team certainly did the right things regarding time of possession but turned in circles, standing idle and attacking very little. They moved the battle to the center of the field, sometimes taking advantage of balls being moved back.
At least there was a shot in the arm in order to finish on a high note: the first goal by Morgan Sanson. Upon entering the game, his pass to Thauvin gave the push forward needed, which had been lacking for quite a bit of time, in order to destabilize the Montpellier defensive brigade. He brought a new perspective. Gomis went for his third goal. The game was definitely over. Finally!
A prolific evening, which, let's face it, is realistic with 5 goals on 8 shots.
A breath of fresh air in order to spend the weekend with a smile and prepare for the round of 16 under the best of conditions, Tuesday, against Lyon.
That will be another story, but we do not imagine approaching this game with any other objective than qualification...


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