Olympique de Marseille and Stade Rennes parted ways in a 1-1 draw, with two goals from Mattéo Guendouzi (a csc, then Marseille’s equalizer in the 52nd minute). With this draw, OM temporarily take the lead in Ligue 1, pending the PSG match tonight against OL.
Tops from OM-Rennes
Bruno Genesio’s game plan
Before the game, Bruno Genesio said he liked playing at the Vélodrome. This was verified this afternoon, certainly more from a defensive than an offensive point of view. Organized in a flat 4-4-2, with two difficult to cross doublets in the center of the field (Arthur Theate-Joe Rodon, Flavien Tait-Lesley Ugochukwu), the Rennais did not concede many clear chances to OM, even if the Phocaeans tried a lot (15 shots), without much success (4 on target, 1 goal). Mistreated at the start of the second half in particular, the Bretons conceded the equalizer, but not the match, and managed to be effective on their offensives in the first period, albeit with luck (csc by Mattéo Guendouzi).
The Rennes defense
In front of Steve Mandanda who was often in demand (15 shots for OM) but rarely in danger (1 goal, 3 saves), the Rennes defense quartet pulled out all the stops, particularly in the first half. The central duo was impassable (Arthur Theate-Joe Rodon), and the laterals (Hamari Traoré-Adrien Truffert), well helped by the wide midfielders, managed to contain the Marseille offensives coming from the sides. Dominated but solid, the Rennes defense only gave in on a corner. In the game, on the other hand, OM were put in difficulty.
Nuno Tavares, the most dangerous at OM
Admittedly, the Rennes goal comes from his side, but the Portuguese Nuno Tavares was one of the most dangerous Marseille players of the match. Sometimes rough, even soloist, the left-hander on loan from Arsenal did not stop, for 90 minutes, from making efforts in his lane, which he animated despite the overall apathy of OM in attack. And unlike Jonathan Clauss on the other side of the field, Nuno Tavares was technically rather fair.
The Flops of OM-Rennes
An OM without creativity
As against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League, OM struggled offensively against Rennes. Despite positive ball possession in the match (59%), the Marseillais were not very dangerous against the cage of their ex, Steve Mandanda, beaten by Mattéo Guendouzi after returning from the locker room. The former Gunner, a volunteer, does not light up the game with passes like Dimitri Payet, who came into play in the 2nd half, can do, and the midfield duo Valentin Rongier-Jordan Veretout lacks drive and creativity. Amine Harit, discreet and rough, has rarely been found, just like Alexis Sanchez, rather absent. This difficulty which overdetermines the importance of the Marseille side, and when one of the two is not in good shape (Jonathan Clauss), it is the whole OM attack that suffers…
Gouiri-Sanchez, barely 9
During this meeting, the numbers 9 of the two teams suffered. Amine Gouiri, on the Nice side, only shot once on goal in 60 minutes of play, and was conspicuous by his absence in the debates. While the Chilean and Marseillais Alexis Sanchez, a little more visible, stumbled several times on the central defense of Rennes, the few times he was found. A copy to review on both sides.