Olympique Marseille – Girondins de Bordeaux: Uninspired Bordeaux and early red card a treat for Marseille in crisis (1-0)
Poor were the souls, those neutral football enthusiasts, who noticed there was a Ligue 1 match in the late afternoon of a Tuesday and decided to give it a go. No level of hipsterism would make it possible to even pretend to enjoy such a poor spectacle as a patched up Olympique de Marseille were good enough to run deserved winners against an atrocious Bordeaux inside an empty Vélodrome.
Tactical analysis and match report by Sergio Sampaio.
In a match that belonged to the eighteenth match day - supposed to be played in December, but postponed due to the yellow vests movement - Marseille and Bordeaux came face to face both desperate for points. The hosts had lost three of the last four games and lay in the tenth position with 31 points, well below their pre-season expectations of fighting for a Champions League spot.
Bordeaux were none the better, three points behind in twelfth and having trouble showing any consistency. They arrived in Provence after two defeats against Strasbourg and had only three wins in their last twelve league games.
If the Marseille fans already had plenty of reasons for lack of confidence in their team based on recent outings, the number of unavailable players certainly aggravated the feeling. Kevin Strootman and Florian Thauvin were suspended, Dimitri Payet and Adil Rami injured, Luiz Gustavo ill and Mario Balotelli was ineligible as he was not yet a Marseille player when the match was originally supposed to take place. On top of that, manager Rudi Garcia himself was suspended and, due to the game being played behind closed doors, he was not even in the stands.
In the face of all these . . .