OM-Angers: keep it up!10 mar 2017
With the approach of winter, Olympique de Marseille had managed to string together four wins in a row in League 1 before the Christmas break. Since January, they alternated between the best and the worst, against opponents at very different levels. With the arrival of spring, at the edge of the final sprint, Rudi Garcia's men can start a series again with a more affordable schedule, in theory.
The Angers reception this Friday is timely to affirm their ambition, to finish at least 5th at the end of the season.
If they win tonight, the Olympians will pass, temporarily, before the current holder of the holy grail, Bordeaux, whose move to Monaco Saturday isn't guaranteed, and will put pressure on their other direct competitors in Europe, Lyon and Saint-Etienne, both hosts this Sunday.
Beware, however, of pre-established scenarios. In football, we must always advance with prudence, rigor and humility in order not to expose ourselves to terrible disappointments. Recent news reminded everyone.
If we set aside our neighbors, Monaco and Nice, the good example to follow and that of Angers. The Olympian coach recalled this week at a press conference: he would like to draw inspiration from his opponent of the day in the weeks to come. SCO remains confident after 5 consecutive successes in all competitions, including 4 in the championship, a first for the Angevin club since 1975, after spending several weeks at the gates of the red zone.
Step by step, Angers has had a hair of the dog and now finds itself tenth with 9 points ahead of Dijon in the paly-off.
Stéphane Moulin's formation is similar to that of the beginning of last season, surprising and effective. It still gives less assurance, especially against the "big guy", a bit like OM this season. But at the Orange Velodrome, where only the ASM and the PSG have overthrown them, the Olympians are kings (9 wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats).
Tonight, less than a week after its demonstration in Brittany, Rudi Garcia's gang has no right to error, it must win and keep winning.