Selection Valais 0-2 OM: first successful match01 jul 2017
Squad Valais 0-2 OM
Preparation match - 2017-18 season
Saint-Laurent Stadium -Saillon (Switzerland)
Turnout: 1300 spectators
Referee: Tomasz Superczinski
Goals - MO: Doria (38), Tamayo (47csc)
OM (1st half-time): Pelé - Fanni, Doria, Rolando, Evra - Sanson (Khaoui 9), Sertic - Sari, Lopez, Ocampos - Germain
OM (2nd half time): Escales - Rocchia, Bedimo, Aloé, Abdallah - Khaoui (Doukansy 67), Kamara-Sarr, Chabrolle, Zakouani - Nije
Six days after starting training again, Rudi Garcia's formation was already ready to go. On Saturday, on the pitch of the Saint-Laurent stadium in Saillon, the Olympians confronted the Valaisan team in front of 1300 spectators. As soon as preparations began, the Marseillais were already prepped for the match, even if the second half team were totally different when compared to kick off. At that moment, the first (and only, for the time being) new recruit from the OM summer transfer season was on the field. Valère Germain played his first few minutes as an Olympian in Switzerland. The defending French champion didn't have too many balls to negotiate and even fewer to put to the back of the net. His only real attempt was just before half-time. A few minutes before, Doria had scored first with a corner from Lopez. Despite only six days of training, OM rapidly took stock of their opponent, although they had to wait until the 24th minute of the game to see the first danger, carried out by Ocampos, who saw his ball strike the Swiss cross-section.
In the second half, with an almost completely reorganised team, the Olympians mastered the gameplay but found it difficult to turn it into real opportunities. After the return from the changing rooms, a Sarr centre was devised by a Swiss defender, Tamayo, in his own goal. Two goals behind, the Valaisans retreated and saw that the Marsellais had trouble getting close to the opponent's goals - they tried strikes from a distance, usually badly planned. Rudi Garcia's team, mainly rejuvenated, but showed a lot of promise in the circulation of the ball, the pressing or even the offense, but the finish wasn't there at the end - like a strike from Zakouani, which was mainly passed above after a good pass from Nije or a shot from a closed angle from Sarr.
OM's first match of the season allowed the coach to see all the players, except Madede (who wasn't entered in the game) and Cabella (who was absent for personal reasons), in real match conditions. This 2-0 match will act as a good base. And next Wednesday, still in Saillon, they'll face a probably tougher opponent for the second preparation match, FC Sion.