OM 2 - 0 Guingamp: OM marches forward08 feb 2017
In the more glorious past, this evening punctuated with a victory would have been categorized as taking care of business. Currently, with a start to the season where the spanking received in Metz reminds us of the unstable curve of results in this new season, this Olympian victory indicates the resumption of the march forward.
Taking advantage of the defeat of Saint-Etienne, Rudi Garcia's team anchors itself in 5th spot, still far from being assured, but since the Olympian coach endlessly repeats the difficulty in doing any better, for the time being we might as well be satisfied with preserving this spot.
There is no point in complaining about the victory over Guingamp. They were structured, played as a group, driven by good intentions, with a cohesive team structure. We enjoyed the speed of the ball, especially in the first quarter hour, limiting the throw-ins helped with the circulation of the ball, along with animating the play. OM advanced, undisturbed frankly, especially in the first 45 minutes. Guingamp had some chances, but were never able to complete them, channeled by the concentration of the Olympian defense.
The midfielders' activity was constant, each with their qualities, between the shadow work, often obscure but so superb by Vainqueur, the piercings by Sanson, helped by a decisive pass for Gomis on the opening goal, the technical mastery by Lopez, 78 balls played for a successful passing rate of 90%.
In this landscape, Payet's first opportunity as a starter demonstrates proper management by the staff regarding the international, a gradual and measured increase of his playing time, enough to savor the free kick for the final goal, with the ball striking the back of a Breton player enabling him to lob it over Johnsson.
It's true, the score could have been wider, because the opportunities were numerous. Gomis could even have matched, as of this evening, his record for goals scored in a season (16), but with 14 goals, Bafé has 45,16% Olympian goals at this time: his work is not finished, so long as his presence in the offensive zone are a source of concern for the opposition's defenses.
We see that this evening, though it is the logical nature of things, is beneficial in many ways. For example, it brought back the smiles to the Olympian house, but now we would like to see it more frequently on our faces. This requires consistency in their performances. This is OM's new challenge.