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Why Marseille already has a foot and four toes in the Champions League


By winning Sunday in the North (1-2), the Marseille club struck a huge blow in the race for the Champions League

Marseille's players celebrate after winning the French L1 football match between Lille LOSC and Olympique de Marseille at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, near Lille, northern France, on February 16, 2020. (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP ) - AFP

  • Thirteen days from the end, the Olympian club dropped its competitors in the race for second place.
  • Undefeated in Ligue 1 for four months, OM have never been so close to finding the Champions League

Since life is made of risk taking, so much to get started: Yes, rseiOM will compete well in the Champions League next season. Seven years after a zero scored in the group stage, Marseille has never been so close to finding the track to the stars. Okay so OK, it's not done yet. But quite frankly, apart from a reversal of the situation as likely as a maintenance of Toulouse in Ligue 1, it is difficult to see how the Marseillais can crash. And we even explain to you why it is impossible.

Because the gaps are already immense with the pursuers.

Eleven points ahead of Rennes (3rd), twelve over Lille (4th) and even eighteen over Lyon (11th). Thirteen days from the end, Marseille can look down on all of its direct competitors. Even Villas Boas, the Marseille coach, already speaks of a “considerable gap”. We prefer to use the term motorway because OM are going too fast. And no one seriously believes in the collapse thesis.

Because this team no longer loses

14 games in a row without defeat, 36 points out of 42 possible. Since its heavy defeat on October 27 last on the lawn of PSG, Marseille no longer loses in Ligue 1. A series of invincibility of almost four months (hello to you, Rudi Garcia) which proves the immense confidence of this OM- the.

Because Mandanda is in the shape of her life

By opening the scoring on Sunday evening, Lille's Osimhen was also the first player to cheat Steve Mandanda in 2020 in Ligue 1. Since the start of the calendar year, the Marseille goalkeeper had not yet conceded a single goal in the league. And in Lille, the doorman has long pushed the deadline by being brilliant in the first half. After a very complicated last season, the goalkeeper has never seemed so strong.

Because even without Payet, even by playing badly, even by missing a penalty, Marseille still wins

At the hour of play, he had to dare to click his PEL on a victory for OM especially after the penalty missed by Rongier with an asthmatic pupil strike. But this season in Marseille, everything always ends up turning in the right direction. Like this improbable turnaround in two minutes Sunday in Lille.

“In view of our match, everyone would have been happy if we had drawn. And in the end, we win it. We had some difficult games and each time we win or we can not lose. We have a little feeling that nothing can happen to us this season, ”recognizes Valère Germain, the Marseille striker.

Because OM form a team with a real state of mind

Well, OK, it's totally boat and easy to take it out when all is well. But hey, you just have to see Payet messing around on Instagram, Villas Boas praising his players and this team turning everything in front of it that one can believe in the thesis of the state of mind. Especially when it is Germain and Benedetto, two players who have lost confidence in recent weeks, who have revived OM in Lille. “Since the start of the season, no one has given up. When the substitutes return, they give everything. It's a real group. Without that, we wouldn't be there. We have a short workforce and everyone has to be 200% concentrated, ”explains Valentin Rongier, the midfielder of an OM who has not been so sure of his strength for years.


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