Against Lens on Saturday evening (0-1), OM produced a superb performance and despite a mediocre score, two players remained on the bench.
Dominating for much of the match, Olympique de Marseille finally came up against an impassable Brice Samba. Lens took the opportunity to score the winning goal and struck a blow in the race for the podium. Despite the Northerners’ lead on the scoreboard, Igor Tudor did not throw all his forces from the bench into battle. Ünder, Payet and Dieng entered but players such as Luis Suarez or Gerson remained glued to the substitutes’ bench. The proof according to L’Equipe that the Colombian international as well as the former playmaker of Flamengo are in the closet this season. In its edition of the day, the national daily draws up an inventory of the players in difficulty in Marseille.
Gerson and Luis Suarez in the closet at OM
“By dint of playing little, Payet no longer has the rhythm to make a difference. Some, like Ünder, reappear and disappear just as quickly from the eleven. Dieng, he has been in the cellar all summer and continues to pay the price physically. But he seems to have passed Luis Suarez. The Colombian has only played 34 minutes in five games in October since his goal at Angers (3-0, September 30). It is very little for a player registered 10 M € this summer. Like Gerson, he is the big loser of this month of October. analyze L’Equipe after OM’s defeat against Lens on Saturday night at the Vélodrome. Obviously, the Croatian coach’s choices against Frankfurt in the Champions League on Wednesday night will be closely scrutinized. But a priori, there is little chance of seeing anything else chosen than animation with Alexis Sanchez at the forefront and the Guendouzi-Harit tandem in support. Unless the Marseille coach, aware of the need to rotate to avoid injuries, surprises everyone with Payet, Gerson, Ünder or even Suarez in Germany.