• Olympique de Marseille travels to RC Lens this Saturday (9 p.m.) for the 22nd day of Ligue 1.

  • OM's "right to the point" is in difficulty this season, the club has only the ninth attack in the championship.

  • The new striker Cédric Bakambu, due to his mobility and his calls, could bring a plus to OM in his offensive animation and his efficiency.

The same workforce, the same coach, but not the same offensive success. Olympique de Marseille travels this Saturday to Lens for the 22nd day of Ligue 1, club which had beaten the Marseillais in the first leg (3-2), on September 26th. A superb match, unbridled on both sides, which also marked the change of dogma of OM coach Jorge Sampaoli.

“This game was a learning curve.

[…] From the bench I understood that things were going very badly, even if we managed to equalise.

I knew we were going to lose this match, we went too quickly ahead by exposing ourselves to the opponent doing the same thing.

It allowed us to consolidate the stability of the team, to generate more chances.

Now we are working on that, ”explains the Argentinian coach.

The setback is that since this setback, OM "have a lot of the ball but efficiency is something we lack", he notes.

“He will bring mobility in front”

Offensive difficulties symbolized by the number of goals scored per game by the Marseillais, who were shooting at 1.9 goals per game until the 10th day, against 0.9 since.

The arrival of Cédric Bakambu could bring solutions to Jorge Sampaoli.

“My qualities are speed, a taste for depth, verticality,” warned the 30-year-old player.

And that is precisely what OM lack.

It will bring mobility to the front.

He is a player capable of playing with his back to goal, of making calls.

He's a player of movement and speed, that's what he can bring to OM, ”said Eric Hely, his coach at Sochaux.

Capable of playing at the forefront of the attack, or on one side, Cédric Bakambu will be able to render many services.

“I spoke with the coach too.

It doesn't matter what position he wants me to play in, the most important thing is that the team and I perform.

After four years in China, I wanted a purely sporting challenge,” he confided during his presentation.

His two best seasons with two forwards

It could also help to finally elucidate the enigma Arkadiusz Milik, in difficulty this season, after six very good first months in Marseille. Does the problem come from the Polish striker, or from OM's offensive animation? Or even simply help it regain its effectiveness, by combining them. His two best seasons, Cédric Bakambu achieved them alongside a second striker, Soldado at Villarreal. “Of course he can play two up front. At Sochaux, his best period, he did it with Giovanni Sio, he was on top for six months, ”supports Eric Hely.

“The first thing is that he finds his form because he has not played since September, announces Sampaoli.

His position will depend on the offensive use that is given to each game.

Then he needs to see our style and where it fits best, and his relationships with other players.

I can play him with another striker.

But I try never to make a system above the players, just put the best.


"It's normal that there are doubts"

The main interested party considers himself operational despite long months without playing: his last match dates back to November with the Democratic Republic of Congo and in May with his former Chinese club.

“I spoke.

It's normal that there are doubts but I have confidence in myself, I know what I'm worth.

I know L1, I know it's a very high level and it's a difficult championship.

“, he warned.

Eric Hely does not doubt for a second his success with Marseille.

“He has a good guy's mentality, he brings you enthusiasm within the club.

Echoes that I had with people who rubbed shoulders with him in China, it was the same thing, he was top.

Qualities that we hope to see on Saturday against Lens, while Milik is less well and Dieng is still at the CAN.


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