OM 4-0 Saint-Etienne: Happy Easter!16 apr 2017
It's true that these last few weeks, with three consecutive tied games, have understandably been frustrating. It was all a result of failed performances. It was also the result of continued high expectations regarding the win-loss record of the Olympians.
The slowdown, paired with lackluster team performance as of late, in some ways overshadowed the fact that OM maintained a six game winning streak. They were missing their spark.
The spark reignited this Easter weekend during the championship game. To be sure, the two clubs are currently no longer talking about their standings within league 1, but are fighting for a European qualification. By taking a six point lead over Saint-Etienne, OM has taken a step in the right direction.
They put everything in place. Not always in the game, at least in the first period, they remained patient. They made an efficient block, relying on a resulting possession (61%). It was ultimately effective. Imagine: three shots, two well-executed goals, spectacular in their finish. Pure magic!
No one can blame the Olympians for being behind during the first period, as that was also the case the last few times. Even less so in the second period. With Saint-Etienne's 4-4-2 formation opening up spaces after the break, the team was more fun to watch, efficiently passing and moving the ball. They peppered the match with technical plays, and put smiles back on the fans' faces, which had recently been a bit sour.
During the evening, the collective success was further enhanced by several personal achievements: the second double from Florian Thauvin wearing the Olympic jersey, after the one against Angers; his eleventh and twelfth goals of the season, his tenth and eleventh assists from Morgan Sanson, leader of assists in League 1. The seventeenth goal for Bafétimbi Gomis. At thirty-one years old, he set a new career high of goals scored in a single season.
It doesn't get more exciting than this!
Their victory over a rival team is cause for a weekend of celebration. Happy Easter!