After OM-OL: Nine failed shocks, nine symbols of an inconstant Marseille season

OM – Lens
September 26, 2021
8th day of the League, defeat 2-3

In Ligue 1, OM have almost everything good at the start of the season. Against Lens, it was a shock full of intensity that gave birth to Marseille’s first defeat of the season in the league (2-3). Despite a lot of character and clear chances, the Phocaeans are surprised and leave the place of dolphin to their executioners of the evening. It’s the end of OM all fired up at the start of the season and the start of a big fall slack.

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Galatasaray – OM
November 25, 2021
5th day of the Europa League, defeat 4-2

After the soft blow, the hard blow. Held in check four times in four matches in the Europa League, OM are playing their future on a match that must not be lost. Deprived of several executives, the Phocaeans chain individual errors and live a real nightmare in Turkey (4-2). Doubts are piling up and this spectacular defeat further highlights the worrying performance of Sampaoli’s troupe since the fall.

Gerson collapses during the match between Galatasaray and Marseille, November 25, 2021, in the Europa League

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OM – Lille
January 16, 2022
21st day of the League, draw 1-1

The offensive storm that ravaged everything in its path became a harmless breeze. While OM had started their season with a bang offensively, Sampaoli changed course: the Phocaeans traded their unpredictability for an obsession with control. Marseille matches become more readable, Marseille attackers less effective too. Against Lille, despite a numerical superiority for more than an hour, a possession approaching 80%, the Marseillais struggled to equalize to snatch a point (1-1). Symbolic of the philosophical change of Sampaoli.

February 1, 2022
Late Matchday 14, 2-1 loss

OL’s head is underwater, OM must drown it definitively. When Matteo Guendouzi opens the scoring against a makeshift Lyon team, where many executives are missing, we think that the mass is said. But, inexplicably, the Marseillais stop playing and turn their cheeks when they have to drive the point home. Xherdan Shaqiri rebels unexpectedly, Moussa Dembélé scores an exceptional goal and OL overthrow a surprisingly double-faced OM.

Moussa Dembélé attempted a scissor before scoring an equally sumptuous goal against OM

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February 9, 2022
Coupe de France quarter-final, 4-1 loss

A shock, another one, where OM go through. While the way to the Stade de France opened after the elimination of PSG, the Phocaeans are expected at the turn. They fall on a Nice team and a Justin Kluivert in a state of grace (4-1) and leave the Cup prematurely. Two small shots on target, a defense that takes on water: the return to earth is all the more violent as it comes after an exciting demonstration against Angers (5-2) where Sampaoli’s animation had hit the mark.

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OM – Clermont
February 20, 2022
25th day of Ligue 1, defeat 0-2

This time, not a shock but a simple formality at the end of the 25th day, we think. At the Vélodrome, facing a team in difficulty, OM must refuel to put Nice at four points. But the Marseillais are not there, smug and not very enterprising. Result: a 0-2 defeat in a rumbling Velodrome but getting used to poor performance. This season, with 29 points taken out of a possible 54, they left 25 units on the way at home…

March 6
27th day of Ligue 1, defeat 0-1

Will OM regret this game at the end of the season when ASM is coming back very strongly in retrospect? At the Vélodrome, Sampaoli is putting all his strength into the battle to relaunch an attack at half mast: a Milik-Bakambu duo in front, a new system and a brisk start. OM play but remain desperately imprecise (2 shots on target). Milik still expresses a slight uneasiness and Marseille starts the spring upside down.

Cédric Bakambu (Marseille) in a duel with Benoît Badiashile (Monaco), Sunday March 6, 2022. / Ligue 1

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April 17
32nd of the day of Ligue 1, defeat 1-2

The strength of this OM undoubtedly comes from there: their ability to bounce back very quickly and very high after a hard blow. After Monaco, the Phocaeans chained eight wins in a row and walked on water. At the Parc des Princes, the poster is almost devoid of stakes but can allow OM to bring down the leader and definitively assert themselves as the dolphin of a freewheeling PSG. Sampaoli’s game plan, without a centre-forward, is incomprehensible and the Phocaeans remain wait-and-see. The defeat is masked by a capricious VAR but, in the game, OM never really tried to win…

May 1
35th day Ligue 1, defeat 0-3

Another OL, another sterile domination, another costly clash. While the sprint is in full swing, OM sink after a solid but still ineffective first period. Arbitration is still singled out but against a Lyon team comfortable on the counterattack, Marseille falls at the worst time. Joker grilled and a mattress on the competition turned back into a sheet of paper. This management of shocks this season will not fail to quickly return to the table: OM will travel to Rennes on the 37th day before ending the season at home, against Strasbourg.

Arkadiusz Milik (OM) against OL, in May 2022

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