OM is definitely not doing well and Gennaro Gattuso was not able to cure it in three days: for the first match of the Italian coach at his head, Marseille lost 3-2 on the lawn of Monaco, again leader, and remains stuck in the crisis.
From Amsterdam to Monaco via Paris, with Pancho Abardonado then Gattuso on the bench, OM have conceded ten goals in three matches since the start of the crisis born from the anger of some of its supporters.
Marcelino’s team was very boring, of course, but it was at least a little more solid and OM won’t be able to hope for anything as long as he is so generous at the back.
In the meantime, with two points taken over the last four days, OM are sinking and find themselves 8th in the standings, five points behind the Monegasques, leaders on Saturday evening and who will remain so if there is no winner on Sunday between Nice and Brest.
Gattuso in any case begins his Marseille adventure with a defeat and he only has a few additional days of work to prepare for next week’s double meeting at the Vélodrome, against Brighton in the Europa League on Thursday, then against Le Havre on Sunday.
Ndiaye in success
On Saturday, however, the Italian arrived on Louis II’s lawn with black pants, black t-shirt and a dark look and after 34 seconds, we believed he was a magician.
This is in fact the time it took OM to open the score, a form of feat since the kick-off had been given by the Monegasques.
They immediately lost the ball and Marseille therefore scored from the start, after a beautiful movement born from an inspiration from Joaquin Correa and extended by Jordan Veretout and Pierre-Eymerick Aubameyang, whose cross ended at the far post to the recovery of Iliman Ndiaye’s right, completely missed but victorious (1-0).
But Gattuso was not able to correct all the faults of this OM in three days. Several of them – defensive generosity, space behind the midfielder – therefore logically resurfaced during a crazy first period where the two teams each in turn attacked nicely and defended very poorly.
From the 8th minute, Monaco returned to the score thanks to the young Maghnes Akliouche, scorer from the right in the middle of a very passive defense after a nice delivery from Wissam Ben Yedder on… a touch, the kind of action that exasperates the coaches (1-1).
Defense too soft
Ten minutes later, Marseille got back in front via Samuel Gigot, who was hanging around in the middle of the area from the previous corner and who took a cross from Ndiaye (2-1, 18th).
Five minutes more and Monaco equalized again thanks to Folarin Balogun (2-2, 23rd), who hooked Amir Murillo and struck from the right to deceive Lopez after a nice pass from Akliouche in the middle of a defense once again completely out of control. setbacks.
Same ailments and same punishment at the start of the second period: the Balogun-Ben Yedder duo, unprecedented but damn effective on Saturday, once again wandered through the very tender Marseille defense and Akliouche took the opportunity to score a double (3-2, 52nd).
The rest was messy and rough and Marseille never came back and were never really in a position to do so. On a land that is often welcoming to him, OM have therefore given up new points and find themselves lost.
Gattuso, clearly, had too little time to rely on anything other than enthusiasm and desire. There was some, but the Calabrian was able to see that his group was still really fragile, shaken by the crisis and the painful passage at the Parc des Princes last week.