Olympique Marseille – Lille OSC: Nicolas Pépé shines as Lille win heated match in Marseille (1-2)
Lille showed some neat - though not especially dangerous - possession play throughout the match and eventually they got the lead through a Nicolas Pépé penalty, just before half-time. The second half was disrupted by both crowd trouble and a red card for Florian Thauvin. After those two incidents, the game became disjointed, and Lille took their time in killing the game off, which they successfully did.
Tactical analysis by Josh Manley.
Marseille are experiencing a horrible season. Despite potentially being the runners-up next to PSG in Ligue 1, going into this game, they had won just three matches in all competitions since late October.
But, of course during the transfer window, there are always signings to be made to boost some morale. And what an addition they have made to the squad! Mario Balotelli, of all people, will ply his trade at the Stade Vélodrome the next six months. The Italian forward could only make the bench for this fixture though. Manager Rudi García was also without star man Dimitri Payet due to injury, meaning Konstantinos Mitroglou led the line, as Marseille switched to a 3-4-3 formation in this game.
Lille’s season is quite the opposite of Marseille’s. They unexpectedly find themselves in second place, in large part thanks to the highly rated wide forward Nicolas Pépé. He started on his usual spot: on the right of a 4-2-3-1, alongside Jonathan Ikoné, Jonathan Bamba and Rafael Leão, making for a fast and skillful front four for Marseille to contend with.
Marseille start with promise
Marseille had arguably their best spell of the game in the opening first fifteen minutes . . .