Milik efficient, Clauss encouraging and López worried before the championship… Find the Tops and Flops of the draw between Betis and OM (1-1).
The three-man defense worked well
Olympique de Marseille has stopped the bleeding. After two defeats against Norwich (0-3) and Middlesbrough (0-2), the three-man defense put in place by Igor Tudor – made up of Mbemba, Gigot and Touré – has worked quite well overall. If the three still lack references and automatisms, each showed interesting things and a lot of commitment. If Gigot seemed a little below his two teammates at the start of the match with two defensive errors, then he picked up well to gain strength and calm down little by little. Mbemba and Touré, for their part, have very much taken their lane to provide solutions. A good general rehearsal before the resumption of the championship.
Marseille’s new recruit showed a beautiful face on the grass at the Proact Stadium. Arriving from Lens, Jonathan Clauss volunteered and showed himself to his advantage. Lined up as a right winger in the first period, he contributed a lot offensively with several crosses, one of which could have brought Marseille a goal had Touré and Suarez not intervened (36th). The France international combined a lot with Payet on the right wing and kept dropping back to provide support at a defensive level. In the second half, the former Arminia Bielefeld moved to the left side. Again, he managed to excel by multiplying forward runs and crosses.
Milik gives Tudor a headache
Arkadiusz Milik, substitute at the start, remembered what a goalscorer he was. While Luis Suárez, new recruit from Marseille, lined up at the front, OM failed to make a difference. The Polish striker enters the 62nd minute and already offers Gerson a first chance (64). Then, in the 87th minute, the former Napoli player received a cross from Lirola, which he successfully took with his knee to open the scoring. Although there is a lot of talk in the canebière about his record, he who does not necessarily enter into Tudor’s plans, he has just remembered that he was ultra-efficient in the area and an important asset for a club that wants the best game in the champions
The namesake of the famous Uruguayan striker was not necessarily to his advantage. Established from the beginning, Luis Suárez was certainly a volunteer but was not looked after by his partners who had difficulty finding him. The former Granada striker has not created any chances and has sometimes shown a lack of technical precision in certain situations. The Colombian recently arrived at La Canebière and needs time to adapt to his new partners, to the system and to assimilate the ideas of his coach. With the resumption of the championship on August 7, Suárez will have to accelerate his acclimatization.
Marseille still don’t win
Olympique de Marseille continues with its difficult preparation. Largely defeated by Norwich (0-3), the Foxes then lost against Middlesbrough (0-2). Against Betis de Sevilla, the Olympians had the chance to return to success and believed they had achieved it with Milik’s first goal (87th). But in the process, Sánchez brings the two teams tied (90th). After this goal, a fight broke out because Guendouzi did not accept the room of a rival, proof of a certain tension in this preparation of Marseille.
Injury to Pau López
This is the big drawback of this friendly match. Entering the game at half-time in place of Blanco, the Spanish goalkeeper was injured 20 minutes later. It seems that Pau López was injured in a departure at the feet of an opposing striker. Number 1 goalkeeper, especially after the departure of Steve Mandanda for Rennes, Pau López could miss the start of the championship if his injury looks serious. A possible blow for Olympique de Marseille that already lacks certainties.