When the Olympique de Marseille struggles to chain the victories, it is primarily because it has won many goals. In total Ligi & # 39; s men of Rudi Garcia in Ligue 1 saw their nets vibrate 33 times in 23 matches. It is far too much for a team that wants to play on stage. For comparison: the LOSC, Paris SG dolphin, got 22 goals and Olympique Lyonnais, current third of our best championship, 26.
Although it was thought that the most important project of this year was the attack, with the big striker that arrived in January with the arrival of Mario Balotelli, after his termination of the contract with the OGC Nice it is ultimately the defense that is missing. As a reminder, last year, the Marseillais, who had failed at the foot of the podium (4th), admitted only 47 goals from the 38 games played. But where is it?
Garcia has often changed systems and players
There are several reasons. The first is the absence of the trustees. Adil Rami suffered many injuries this year, while Rolando returned to competition after his achilles tendon injury in November. Duje Caleta-Car, recruited against 19 million euros during the summer mercato in Red Bull Salzburg, struggled to acclimatize to Ligue 1. In fact Luiz Gustavo, excellent in midfield last year, was obliged to play the service firefighters in the midfield .
But these combined wounds and bruises forced Rudi Garcia to experiment with things. In total, the technician has used 14 different central hinges since the beginning of the season, and he especially had to juggle between different systems. Or it used a defense at 4, or at five (or three, depending on the point of view in which we place ourselves) and each time, almost, with different players, which of course does not allow the automation required for a central hinge.
While Rami and Kamara were associated six times, which is the highest total this season, the French international has also evolved with Caleta-Car, Rolando and Luiz Gustavo in a two-man defense and with Caleta-Car, Gustavo; Sakai Luiz Gustavo and Sakai and Rolando in a three-man defense while Tomas Hubocan came out of nowhere to form a defense with Kamara and Caleta-Car in November against Eintracht Frankfurt. The system change comes in November after a terrible month of October, in which OM scored eight goals in three games.
A hinge towards the future?
This Tuesday, the Marseillais played a late game of the 18th day against Liga 1 against Bordeaux in a stadium Orange Velodrome that sounded hollow (1-0) since it closed a closed session during the investigation of the investigation into incidents in OM-Lille. Rummy still absent, Luis Gustavo ill and Rolando in disfiguring after the game against Dijon (1-2), Rudi Garcia, also suspended, decided to align a hinge from Kamara and Caleta-Car for the second time.
Serene during the game, to put the weakness of the Girondins and Cornelius in perspective, the two young defenders (19 years for Boubacar Kamara and 22 years for Duje Caleta-Car) were comfortable, the first to get his first goal in professional over a recovery of the head on the corner, the second found Costil on a diverted free kick, while defending defensively, even if the Croatian missed a raise that could have benefited visitors (82).
Kamara and Garcia happy Caleta-Car
" It is rather my hinge that I liked. Bouba has scored, I am happy for him because I have been waiting for this goal for him for a while. The hinge was very powerful. Duje was very, very good, he eventually missed a raise. The combination of the two was successful. The last time they played together was in Limassol and we were two zero before we entered. They are progressing, they get experience and they learn to play together and that is a good setting for us tonight that the hinge worked well ", Explained Rudi Garcia in a press conference, we can not know whether this hinge, which had only two goals in the Europa League after the match against Limassol (2-2), would be extended.
The scorer of the day also called his association with the former Salzburg and gave an idea of the reasons for this new agreement. " This is the second time that we are attuned to each other. The first time we lost in the last moments, but this time I think he has adjusted well. I speak French with him in the field and a few words in English. He understands it well and we know each other well thanks to the training, and that's it, it worked well Kamara declared in a mixed zone. Garcia who scolded the newcomers who did not speak French seems to have been heard and that would be one of the reasons for the success of Tuesday night's hinge. Yet this association is young and that it probably represents the future of OM, as Garcia said a few days ago: " it is a player in which the club believes, in whom I believe and who is part of the future of Olympique de Marseille ".