Olympique Marseille – AS Monaco: Sleeping Giants Play Match That Symbolizes Their Ligue 1 Season (1-1)
After a lively opening phase and a fast goal for the home side, this game was characterized by both teams having difficulties asserting control. Due to a lack of tempo, dynamics and creativity, both teams could not get this game going for most of the second half, which led to a draw in the end.
Tactical analysis by Rowdy Nossent.
Before the game, Monaco found themselves only two points above the 20th place in Ligue 1. With Leonardo Jardim fired in the first half of the season, manager Thierry Henry has the task to get Monaco out of the relegation zone. Since his appointment in October, Monaco have only won two league matches, as Henry has not proven to be the magical solution they craved. The away game against Marseille is a test in every season, but Monaco’s position on the league table did add something extra to the challenge they were facing.
Marseille is not having a great season either. When L’OM look at the league table, they w ill not be too excited by their current ninth position. Moreover, Marseille did not manage to win any of their last six games in different competitions, including a poignant elimination in the Coupe de la Ligue against ASF Andrézrieux. With players like Dimitri Payet and Florian Thauvin, the club and the supporters are expecting quite a bit more from their players and manager Rudi Garcia.
The latter had decided to use the usual 4-2-3-1 formation in this match against Monaco. The Frenchman made two changes with Maxime Lopez and Kevin Strootman – who formed a double pivot 4-2-3-1 is one . . .