Olympique Marseille – LOSC Lille: Individual Mistakes Decide Even Game In Marseille’s Favour (2-1)
From an offensive point of view, this was a very poor game. Because of better finishing, Marseille manufactured two goals in the second half, forcing a reaction from Lille, which came in the form of a single goal and a late offensive run that was enough for a result.
Tactical analysis and match report by Simon Piotr.
After a heavy defeat against their rivals in Paris, Marseille had a good opportunity to react against Lille at the Vélodrome. This fixture was the clash of two direct opponents in Ligue 1 who battle for the same objective: ending the season on the podium. Beating PSG in a title race seems unlikely, but earning a ticket for the Champions League is a genuine objective both these teams strive for.
Lille had acquired 18 points coming into this game, while Marseille had 16, meaning a victory would put the hosts ahead of the 2019 Ligue 1 vice champions.
André Villas-Boas - who made some provocative declarations after the 4-0 defeat against PSG, (“We can’t go to the pharmacy and buy talent, creativity or personality”), which were considered extremely tough towards his squad - needed a result if he wanted to avoid a November crisis.
He kept the 4-3-3 shape the team has been using a lot in place, only making some player changes. The young center back Boubacar Kamara started as holding midfielder instead of Kevin Strootman and Morgan Sanson started over Maxime Lopez, meaning Villas-Boas certainly wanted more physicality in midfield. It . . .