Marseille-Lyon : Marseille hopes to make amends

31 jan 2017
Par 
Frédéric Rostain
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Yannick Parienti / OM.net 2017
Tuesday at 9:05pm, Marseille takes on Lyon at the L'Orange Velodrome for the 1/16 final of the French Cup with the goal of continuing their adventure in the competition.

The end of the transfer window just might have forgotten that there is a match Tuesday night. The arrivals of Patric Evra and Dimitri Payet have dominated headlines in the Olympian camp over the last few days, but, to their credit, Rudi Garcia and company have worked hard to prepare as best they can for their reception of Lyon. Once the transfer market closes its doors Tuesday night, Marseille will attempt to snag themselves a spot in the 1/8 final of the French Cup. The best way to prepare for a match is to win one beforehand. Which is just what the Olympians have done. Defeated in Ligue 1 by Monaco and Lyon on the first two days of 2017, they reset the bar with an imposing home victory over Montpellier (5-1). Marseille had the look of a successful team. According to habit, they grabbed the throat of their opponents from the opening kick. This payed off quickly. At the twenty minute mark they led 2-0, then 3-0 at half time. They put together all the ingredients: movement, pace, strength, and efficiency to facilitate the path to victory.

But Tuesday night, their opponent will be of another caliber. The two teams faced off less than ten days ago and the final sentence was severe. Marseille was toppled 3-1 in Lyon. So, even if the term "revenge match" doesn't satisfy Rudi Garcia's squad, they want to acheive qualification for the next round with play inspired by their lovely performance last Friday night at home against Héraultais. "We have to learn our lesson from the Lyon match. We had good stretches of play, we've got to extend those and erase certain mistakes that led to us losing, says Marseille's manager. Lyon is too good. Marseille's the outsider but qualification is the sole objective. The Velodrome is going to help us with that. That's the principal difference of tournament matches" The scale...

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