OM 2-0 Rennes: at the Orange Vélodrome, everything is green ...18 feb 2017
It is a ritual cleverly orchestrated for more than a quarter of a century: a week before, a few minutes before the final whistle, the Orange Velodrome stadium "welcomed" the next visit of the PSG. The supporters sing with even more enthusiasm when the reality of the evening offers them a weekend of tranquility. They leave their happy theater and have eight days to imagine all the possible scenarios in the biggest rendezvous created by French football.
It was prepared with responsibility.
Like the nine successes recorded at home, the one against Rennes suffers no contestation. This has not been a monologue, but in the general expression of the home team, we find continuity. In the momentum of the start of the match with a friendly face, nice. Mobile, the team advances and if it does not seem to be able to keep the initial rhythm intensity over a very long time, it settles down and leaves little field to the opponent.
With an unprecedented defense, remodeled to 50% with the titles of Zambo Anguissa on the right and Sertic in the right axis, OM has kept its seriousness. We found him concerned, attractive, interesting in his pressing, but, let's face it, at the time of the break, there was a real discrepancy between the content and the score. Why? A lack of accuracy, perhaps, the determination in the last two movements to knock out a harassed Breton formation. The options that were chosen by the staff nevertheless seemed judicious, especially on the long balls between the Rennes central defenders with systematically setting up the position. But between theory and practice, there is often contradiction ...
The second half was that of the deliverance. OM had control, mastered the adverse incursions, but they struck twice without being their best during the strongest time of the encounter. Once again, as if this flip-flop was in the logical order of time, the light, after blinking, went green.
Going green for an expected and deserved success. Going green to have the third best formation of Ligue 1 at home. Going green to calmly prepare for the February 26 battle against the PSG. In the songs of the supporters, one perceived a real confidence. They are ready to take this evening into another dimension.