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|2019-04-28||Ligue 1||Olympique Marseille : Nantes||1 : 2|
The second round of French Ligue 1 gives us an opportunity to watch an interesting Nantes vs Marseille match, at Stade de la Beaujoire, in Nantes. Both teams lost their opening games in Ligue a few days ago. The beginning of the season is a very important moment when the teams can get leaders position and take a rest in the middle of the season. However, if teams start badly, the season will be very difficult for them. Unfortunately, last year both teams skidded and did not play at the peak of their abilities, so this year it is necessary to prove their strengths.
Last year Nantes were a very uncomfortable opponent for Marseille, as they won twice at home and at Stade Vélodrome in Ligue 1 last season. Both games were very opened and resultative, as both teams scored and teams had more than 3 goals in every match. We see here a very strong and interesting confrontation between teams that need to correct mistakes this season and fight for every point. Please read our thoughts about this though Nantes vs Marseille match here below.
Every year, since the 2016/17 season, the team is gradually losing their position in League 1. 3 years ago they were 7th in the table, under the leadership of Sérgio Conceição. The next season, with Claudio Ranieri, they took 9th place, although they played very beautiful football. And they finished season 2018/18 in 12th place with Vahid Halilhodzic. When team performance falls, they need to solve the problem and work on the made mistakes. This season also began unsuccessfully after losing against Lille away, but the whole season is still ahead. Nantes sold their defensive leader Diego Carlos Santos Silva after great 3 seasons in Ligue 1 to Sevilla. Now the Canaries doesn’t have a concrete leader in the defense, what could cause some troubles in the back.
Christian Gourcuff should stay longer in the coaching position, finding the right way of using all squad abilities. He appointed as a head coach on 8th of August, so he can make mistakes, or contrariwise, motivate the squad to play as great as they can. In general, they have a big amount of young talents. That could be a great chance for them to prove themselves and show their abilities. We see Nantes fighting strongly this year, especially at home, as Stade de la Beaujoire is always giving maximum support to the beloved club.
Over the past few years, Marseilles can’t get above 4 places in the League. There is too much competition now in France that even such a titled club cannot take a place higher. Last season, the team took 5th place and did not reach the Playoffs of UEFA Europa League. They finished in the group stage in the last position with only one draw and 5 losings. At Stade Vélodrome they failed to win even against Apollon. That results are unforgiven, mas this kind of club should be more strong and motivated. Even Mario Balotelli arriving doest helped the team to be more dangerous in the attack. However, he made his impact on the games, as he scored 8 goals in 12 games. Ex-manager of Porto, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Zenit Saint Petersburg Andre Villas-Boas replacing Rudi Garcia signed a two-year contract, on 28th of May.
This season, Marseille already started from the loss at home ground against Reims, which was concrete underdog before the game. The Olympians had better possession, however, only 10 goal attempts without any big chances to score through the match.
During this summer transfer window, the Phocaeans brought only Dario Benedetto from Boca Juniors, to join Valere Germain in front of the attacks. Most interesting, that Marseille decided to release several players like Mario Balotelli, Tomas Hubocan and Rolando. All of them were able to take leading positions in the squad, however, the club made such a decision. Unfortunately, Florian Thauvin will miss the next game due to Ancle injury.
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