Lille 0-0 OM: one point, that's something to count for...17 mar 2017
Not losing while moving forward is always logistically interesting when a team is competing for a European place. To tie it all up, you ask yourself one thing: have they kept all technical ingredients available in order to maintain a thriving offense? At the end of a locked match, with a poor offense, the outcome reflects the evening in the end.
One stat begins to provide answers but does not make up for everything: in the first 45 minutes, in spite of higher possession (46% -54%), the Olympians who played the ball the most, in order, were: Fanni 38), Rolando (34), Bedimo (28). They were the same ones on the field at the final whistle. However, OM were not put under physical pressure in an intense first period but were very tactically closed. The above statistic highlights the inability of the Olympians to implement proper set-ups and to have clear stages of progression. Defenders were unable to cross lines. They could hardly find play-makers within those lines nor position them in them game. Faced with these obstacles, the defenders found a temporary solution by increasing the amount of passes. It highlighted the team's drive not to be compromised and, especially, not to lose.
With a solid defense, its offense falling quite short of its potential, and against a team placed 14th in ranking, OM showed little influence on the field in Lille. If they became aware of any starting situations after half-time, there were no real moments to be seized.
By smoothing out the rough edges, to sum up the evening, if OM did not win, they also managed not to lose. Rudi Garcia even added extra security at the end of the game with 5 defensive plays.
There was no risk-taking, nor were there any notable initiatives in a very boring meet-up, except for Yohann Pelé's decisive parry in the 84th minute. A high-end stop, a major technical gesture to allow OM to stay in 5 th place at the end of this weekend. This is certainly the positive point of the evening.