Montpellier’s good draw, Vitinha’s questioning, Clauss in disgrace… OM-Montpellier’s Tops-Flops


In a Vélodrome stadium amputated from the bottom of one of its turns, Olympique de Marseille drew against Montpellier (1-1), at the start of the 29th day of Ligue 1. The Marseille club is 2nd in the championship and can be joined by RC Lens, 3rd with 3 points less. For its part, Montpellier performs a good operation, while remaining in 11th place.

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Montpellier, a draw with the taste of victory

This draw at the Vélodrome stadium, against the 2nd in the championship, confirms the very good pass of the formation coached by Michel Der Zakarian. It’s simple: since the return to the helm of the 60-year-old coach on February 8, 2023, the Hérault club has never lost in Ligue 1 in 7 games (5 wins and 2 draws). Tonight, the MHSC presented themselves in a cautious 4-3-3, with a formation very close together in their camp for most of the match. Michel Der Zakarian’s plan was to wait for the Marseillais while remaining compact, and taking advantage of each lost ball to counter. It (almost) went wonderfully, with a quick goal after a lightning breakthrough from Wahbi Kahzri (with the added bonus of a sombrero on Mattéo Guendouzi), for Arnaud Nordin to conclude from the right (12th). Montpellier conceded a penalty in the 44th, but not much in the second half against borrowed Marseillais. A solid performance.

The (relative) satisfaction Nuno Tavares

Among the overall Marseille slump in the evening, the Portuguese Nuno Tavares is, surprisingly, the one who (a little) survived, with the very active Jordan Veretout. Still handicapped by a significant number of lost balls (20), the left side has not been idle on his left side, bringing danger and races, especially in the second part of the second period. Not rewarded for his overflowing activity, the disorderly Nuno Tavares, who would benefit from thinking a little more while playing, appeared in a good face. It was not enough, this Friday evening, to avoid a draw for his team.

The Flops of OM-Montpellier

OM, big discomfort at the Vélodrome

This is starting to do a lot: Olympique de Marseille has just had a 4th game in a row without a win at the Vélodrome, in all competitions (counting therefore the defeat on penalties against Annecy, in the Coupe de France). More generally, OM are suffering this season at home, in L1, with only 7 wins in 15 games (for 4 draws and 4 losses). Tonight, against a well-grouped Montpellier squad, Marseille couldn’t make the difference in the game, with individuals at half mast, and an unfinished collective. Very largely dominant in terms of possession (72% in the 1st half, 68% throughout the game), the Marseillais only scored twice (on 13 shots) and scored from the penalty spot (Mattéo Guendouzi, 44th) . This inefficiency is particularly worrying as the final sprint approaches, especially as the Phocaeans’ lead over their pursuers is slim (3 points over Lens, 6 over Monaco, who have one game less).

Vitinha, the questioning persists

Established for the second time since his arrival at OM on January 31, 2023, for the modest sum of 32 million euros, Vitinha, 23, did not seem at ease on the lawn this Friday, and especially within the game proposed by the OM of Igor Tudor. The Portuguese striker, relentless in pressing, constantly appeared out of time on the Marseille offensives. Not very comfortable technically, especially in terms of his discounts for his teammates, the former Braga striker, who won his physical duels (3 out of 5), did not shoot once on goal in 59 minutes on the lawn. Fault, in priority, to the Marseille collective, of course. But Vitinha, very little influence on the game, suffered greatly from the comparison with Alexis Sanchez, when the Chilean is aligned at the forefront. This release should not convince Igor Tudor to try the experience again…

Claus, is it serious?

We hit enough on Nuno Tavares not to, this time, point the finger at the opposite piston, Jonathan Clauss. The French international, saved by his personal statistics since the start of the season (10 assists in 33 games), can no longer hide his poor performances behind them. Struggling for several months already, the piston confirmed this evening, with a failed performance. Allergic to the counter-effort (the former Lensois is not the most keen on losing the ball), leaving boulevards behind his back, Jonathan Clauss also struggled offensively, with only one good movement of the match (a tumble in his corridor), concluded with a cross that was far too strong towards poor Vitinha. Far from the French team, after having narrowly missed the 2022 World Cup, Jonathan Clauss has not been getting closer to the Blues in recent weeks, and even less tonight. OM is impatiently awaiting his awakening.

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