TO ANALYSE – The essential part played by Alexis Sanchez, the nonstop motion of Ünder, or the challenges faced by Balerdi and Djalo: these are only some of the highlights and lowlights of OM-Lille (2-1).
Alexis Sanchez, forward leader
He had failed to score throughout the middle of the week, which resulted in a loss to Tottenham (2-0). This season’s leading scorer for OM added another goal to his tally on the scoreboard this past Saturday evening against Lille (2-1), capitalizing on a cross from Ünder that was played into the box after a great percussion ball was played at the foot of ‘Harit (26e). After having several touches on the ball at the Lille end of the field, he proved to be quite useful toward the end of the match in managing the advantage that Marseille held, setting the example with his passion and his expertise.
Cengiz Under, tireless
He, who we thought would be departing the club during the summer transfer window, ended up staying, and Igor Tudor should be able to make things simpler tonight. The Turk, who was responsible for the entire match, ratcheted up the runs on his right side, which made it possible for OM to secure smooth transitions. He did not make a mistake, but he was the key pass that led to the equalizer for Marseille. He stood out by highlighting himself on multiple occasions with impressive strikes and overflows (26e).
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Adam Ounas, detonator
The young Algerian winger didn’t have the stamina to play a whole game just yet, but when he was on the pitch, he was quite restless. He didn’t yet have enough energy to play a full game. Putting Kolasinac and Balerdi in tremendous difficulties in the first quarter of an hour with beautiful overflows on his right side, he is at the origin of the goal of LOSC since he strikes the post before Ismaily pushes it to the bottom of the net. In addition, he is at the origin of the goal of LOSC ( 12e). After that, he gradually lost his strength, just like his team.
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Leonardo Balerdi, 28 minutes and then leaves
Igor Tudor was not impressed at all with the performance of the Argentine defender throughout the opening half-hour. The statistics bear out his assertion that he is correct: nine lost balls, one yellow card, no victories in duels, no interceptions, and no clearances. It was immediately determined that the actions of Adam Ounas had caused him to become suffocated, and as a result, Nuno Tavares was brought on to take his place in the 28th minute. Tudor is not the type of person to put things off.
Tiago Djalo, a time late
The Portuguese defender had a rough night overall, but being sent a yellow card for protesting in the 78th minute was the icing on the cake. The fault of a highly fidgety Ünder who forced him to play continually on the back, which led to his poor performance. He was not as solid as we are accustomed to seeing him, as seen by the fact that his defensive interventions were approximate and that Sanchez scored the equalizer late in the game.
David and Bamba, alone and weaned
The attackers for Dogues had a difficult time finding space in the middle of the field due to OM’s three central defenders. They had a lot of trouble maintaining the balls in front when they had them, and they were never really able to put much pressure on the Marseille defense. This was even though they had a really solid first quarter of an hour.