Ligue 1: Marseille-Monaco launches the Dolphin War
The Marseille coach, Rudi Garcia, before the L1 match at Rennes, Roazhon park, January 13, 2018
The race for the Champions League accelerates with a Marseille (3rd) -Monaco (4th) to the taste of revenge, Sunday (21:00) for the 23rd day of Ligue 1, a week before moving Lyon (2nd) in the Principality .
The trio of dolphins King Paris SG stands on a stool as the gaps are tight, so direct confrontations are expensive. In the first leg, OM had received a memorable correction (6-1) but all performance indices improved while Monaco lost its superb, and the Velodrome promises to be full and boiling.
“Since the first leg, the players are almost all the same, but everything has changed,” says Fabinho, whose team plays big in ten days. Eliminated in the Coupe de France by Lyon (3-1), she faces one after the other her two rivals for a place in the Champions League and plays in the middle a semifinal League Cup, Wednesday to Louis II against Montpellier.
The Brazilian midfielder of Monaco recalls that his team “had ups and downs at the beginning of the year” but that at the Vélodrome it “still has the possibility of not letting an opponent advance for 2nd place”.
The Monegasques “are a little worse, admits Rudi Garcia, eliminated in Europe and the Coupe de France, but it remains a team built for the Champions League with great players.” He will miss the international Thomas Lemar, touched on the left thigh.
– ‘We have really progressed’ –
In front, his OM is “in a good dynamic,” judge coach. The team won all of its matches in 2018 without conceding a single goal, Coupe de France and L1 together.
“We have had a good run since September,” said Garcia, from the horrific diptych style Jerome Bosch, the two defeats in a row 6-1 in Monaco and 3-1 against Rennes early in the season.
Suddenly, this shock also looks like revenge. “We will do everything to clear the affront,” says the coach, who does not think he needs to motivate his players. “I hope they go on their own, just a little memory, that’s all,” he says.
This set lost in Monte-Carlo, the group “has across the throat, admits Florian Thauvin.We have been talking to everyone for six months …”
But “for six months we worked, the team has really progressed,” said the blazer Olympian, 10 goals and 9 assists just in the league.
Marseille “has found a defensive solidity and a very compact block, it’s impressive our number of + clean sheets + (12 games L1 without taking a goal),” said Thauvin.
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim during the Coupe de France match at the Bellevue stadium in Yzeure on January 6, 2018
– ‘Another dynamic than going’ –
“Marseille have another dynamic than the first leg, admits Leonardo Jardim in turn.The duo Anguissa-Luiz Gustavo works very well, it gives more balance, which allows to enjoy the technical qualities of other players.”
The Portuguese coach of Monaco sees a team that “looks like OM 2014-2015 with the Bielsa, Gignac and Payet.It is a strong Marseille, but we keep our goals and our ambitions.”
2nd place, OM never openly talks about it. “Too far from the final sprint,” Garcia repeats, “too early,” Thauvin adds.
“We would be well inspired to beat a direct competitor, recognizes the Marseille coach, but if it is to lose the next three matches it does not matter.”
“Our opponents for 2nd place are good,” said Jardim, “but Monaco will be there too, the current two points of difference mean nothing, and the teams remain at the same level of league performance. match will be important for 2nd place. ”
Classic L1, duel for the podium and revenge in the air, this OM-Monaco is the first shock of the year.