AS Monaco – Olympique Marseille: Super Subs Salvage Supremacy For Marseille (2-3)
Marseille have shown themselves to be entertainers under Igor Tudor. It turned out to be the case again in a five goal affair where momentum shifts eventually went in their favor.
Tactical analysis and match report by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.
Marseille's record since the turn of October has been in stark contrast to their hotshot form from the outset of this campaign. Six wins and a draw in their first seven Ligue 1 games, contributing to a nine match unbeaten run, marked their best start to a season. However, a winless league streak last month has hindered their momentum, while a dramatic 2-1 defeat against Spurs dumped them out of Europe.
Monaco have been much more erratic. To either side of a five fixture winning streak have been three wins, three draws, and three Ligue 1 losses. Nonetheless, these results have placed them only a point adrift of third-placed Stade Rennais. Indeed, sitting on an equivalent tally of points as their visitors ahead of kickoff, would they lay down a marker in their pursuit of a third top four finish on the spin?
Philippe Clément's men took to the field in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Benoît Badiashile missed the previous outing, a 2-0 win over Toulouse on the road, due to a suspension. He was back in the fold next . . .