Evra has already made himself at home

29 jan 2017
Par 
Allan Chaussard
Photos © 
Yannick Parienti / OM.net 2017
OM's new left back is already taking his role to heart, and his contribution to OM's 5-1 victory over Montpelier made itself felt immediately. Getting to the bottom of things.

Patrice Evra has got off to a flying start at Olympique. Between his arrival in Marseilles at the start of the week, his presentation to the press on the following day, and his first match against Montpelier on Friday, Olympique Marseille's new left back has barely had a moment to himself.
Against Montpelier HSC, all eyes were on his number 21 shirt to come to terms with his first steps at the Orange Velodrome.
For his first Ligue 1 match since December 18th, 2005, when Monaco played Toulouse, "Tonton Pat" took a careful, but convincing approach.
Firstly, in his leadership role. Even before the warm-up, he addressed his team-mates with confidence and determination. He kept this up just before the start of the match, emphasizing how important the first fifteen minutes are, and how vital it was to follow the coach's instructions to ensure a low-risk, successful outcome (with exclusive images available from Tuesday 31st January at 6 p.m. in our Match Focus.)
.Then, on the pitch after over a month without playing, he focused on what really mattered - namely, defending - though he still indulged in a few well-placed surges forward, such as Bafétimbi Gomis's second goal, edging out Florian Thauvin perfectly at the start of the action.
His statistics confirm his prudent approach, touching the ball just seven times in the last 30 metres of the pitch, but the main focus has to be on his 90% rate of successful passes, out of 51 attempts.
The only fly in the ointment was his mistake, at the edge of the penalty area, which allowed Boudebouz to pull one back, but that was not critical for the final scoreline.
The icing on the cake for his first 48 hours at OM was the standing ovation that he received from the crowd upon leaving the pitch after playing for 72 minutes. "It's perfect, I couldn't dream of a better debut," he commented after the match>
It's obvious that Patrice Evra has already made himself at home in Marseilles.

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