TFC - OM: on a mission in Toulouse

sun 09 apr at 07:00
Par 
Frédéric Rostain
Photos © 
Yannick Parienti / OM.net 2017

This season, Toulouse has been Marseille's greatest rival in Ligue 1. Since the month of August, a lot has changed in the Marseille club. Majority shareholder, president, general manager, coaches, staff and players have gone through changes. Much like the results on the pitch, and the team's place in the standings. Midnight on the first day after a 0-0 draw at home against TFC, Marseille finds itself in 5th place before match day 32 . The task of the Olympien's is to hold on to this position. "But if we continue to perform this way over the next couple of matches, we're going to lose," says Rudi Garcia. In their last two contests, OM drew away to Lille and at home against Dijon. This is the match Marseille will come to regret. They began to play well in the second half, but were only able to come out with one point in the end. Would they have had a better result if they had played just well in the first half as the second? Nobody knows, but this half of the contest leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. "The players know that I wasn't happy and we didn't do what it takes in the first half. We were good in the second half. We showed what we're capable of playing up to the OM standard, to influence the match and challenge the opponent."
Rudi Garcia and his staff have done a good job of analyzing the reasons why the team threw away the first 45 minutes against Dijon, but they aren't about to sound the alarm just yet. The Olympiens have taken eight points from the last four matches, which places them in third just behind Monaco and Paris. "In terms of results, there's no reason to panic. Against Dijon, playing half the match, we got a point. It's the play that needs to improve,emphasized the Marseille coach. We've got to produce for 95 minutes, improve our commitment and desire."

The points lost against the Burgundians must be recovered against Toulouse. This is the challenge Rudi Garcia is giving to his players. But the task won't be easy against the 5th best defense in the top division which has taken two thirds of its points playing at home. "The context will be difficult against a quality team, an aggressive and athletic team that's also very skilled technically."Just about three months ago, Marseille eliminated Toulouse from the French cup at the Stadium (1-2 et) with a double from Rémy Cabella but they required extra time. All the same, this victory represents a psychological advantage for Marseille who must win out if they're to hold on to their position near the top of the table and have a shot at competing in Europe next season.

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