OM-Nice: A battle for Europe07 may 2017
This opportunity won't come around again... Especially since there are only three days of the championship left to play. On Friday night, Bordeaux, who stepped onto the turf at Saint-Etienne, overtook them in the last half an hour, and only left with one point from Forez. In the rankings, the Girondins are now two points ahead of OM. The Olympians have the chance to overtake their main adversary for the race to 5th place just before moving to Bordeaux on the penultimate day. Playing at the Malmut Atlantic stadium with one point ahead of the home team would be an incredible privilege. But the toughest challenge is yet to come: beating Nice.
Everything is all set for a great performance. Rudi Garcia has an almost complete group - only Grégory Sertic is missing due to an injured knee. The Orange Velodrome will be almost full with a crowd of almost 60,000 people, all devoted to OM. The Olympians are in full swing with a run of 8 wins, where they scored 17 goals and let in 3. They ended their last match with a great match in Caen, winning 5 to 1, and their last home game ended in a 4-0 victory against Saint-Etienne. Even the idea of watching OM in front of Bordeaux in the ranking must multiply the strength of the Marseille players, supported by an extraordinary public, who, if need be, will help them to excel and to push themselves to the limit to succeed.
The picture described above looks promising. Barring one detail... their opponent. Nice is on the point of finishing an extraordinary season, the best since their First Division French runner-up title in 1975-76. A second place that the Azureans still have the possibility of reaching. Sure of ending up on the podium, the Eaglets might see themselves stealing the crown of the Parisians, who they beat at Allianz Riviera on the last day (3-1), the runners-up. Lucien Favre's men, the coach behind the Niçois rebirth, have been unbeaten for 12 days and have only lost twice over the course of the current season. With this in mind, they would love to end the season with these impressive statistics.
But what do figures matter? Like the Olympians say when their matches are coming up: "First of all we have to concentrae on ourselves". They're right. Let's play to win, with no regrets, and success will await.