And 11! OM’s series of consecutive defeats in the Champions League continues to grow. And that conceded this Tuesday against Manchester City does not suffer from any dispute. Faced with the vice-champions of England, the Phocaeans have shown absolutely nothing that could have saved them defeat. The end result reflects quite well the net imbalance there was on the pitch.
An OM without ideas and without pretensions
As was the case last week against Olympiakos, OM entered the field with the sole objective of avoiding defeat. Arranged in 3-4-3 by Villas-Boas, with very tight lines, the locals had a plan to hold out as long as possible and possibly bet on an opportunity that had fallen from the sky to create the feat. Excessive prudence, perfectly assumed, but which might not have been possible in a full Vélodrome.
11 – Marseille have lost each of their last 11 matches in the Champions League. Only Anderlecht (12) have lost more games in a row in the history of the competition. Band Disorganized.#OMMCI pic.twitter.com/TCNaP5uC3n
– OptaJean (@OptaJean) October 27, 2020
Marseille didn’t show anything in the game, and that’s a shame because City weren’t flamboyant either. Granted, the Eastlands had possession and control of the proceedings, but they were still quite limp offensively until the final quarter of an hour.. The Olympians’ very low block could explain it, but there was a time when this team knew perfectly well how to get around these kinds of obstacles and quickly get into the game.
City was not, however, in a great day
The Sky Blues had nothing to fear, and to open the brand they even had to count on a Marseille offering. In the 18th minute, a glaring recovery error by Valentin Rongier was profitable to Kevin De Bruyne, who then served Ferran Torres on a plateau (0-1). This minimum gap then remained in place until the 76th and the break provided by Ilkay Gundogan (79th). But, in the meantime, Steve Mandanda had to intervene only twice, against respectively Laporte (22nd) and Gundogan (71st). The Marseille captain therefore maintained his own in the match, but he ended up letting go. In the 81st minute, he gave in for the third time on a recovery from close to Raheem Sterling.
⏱90 + 3 | #OMMCI 0️⃣-3️⃣
– Olympique de Marseille (@OM_Officiel) October 27, 2020
OM ended up shattering. But, this denouement hung in his face with regard to the pale copy that was proposed. The Phocaeans have not been able to rise to the height of the meeting, and the identity of the opponent is in no way an excuse for the soporific production they have delivered. This Marseille can not aspire to anything other than to make up the figure in this Champions League. And to think that the club had been waiting for seven years to be able to compete in this prestigious event. If it was to be so infamous, it would have been better to stay out of the big leagues.