The Olympique de Marseille receives this Sunday evening (21h) Olympique Lyonnais on behalf of the 13th day of Ligue 1. An Olympico marked by the return of Rudi Garcia in a Velodrome that promises to be hot. Less than an hour from the kickoff of the meeting, the OL bus was stalled by supporters, two windows were broken. The tension rises around the stadium. Follow the pre-match live.
Burdened by the return of Rudi Garcia to Olympique Marseille, the"Olympico" against Olympique Lyonnais also weighs for the sports issue between two podium candidates separated by three points, Sunday for the 13th day of Ligue 1. Already a turning point? "It's still the beginning of the season, tempers Andre Villas-Boas, and given the ranking, all teams will remain in play whatever happens in this + derby +".
But "It's a chance for us to put a direct rival further from his goals and closer to us", recognizes the Marseille coach. In case of victory, OM would relegate the OL to six lengths, a real "Six-point match", this mathematical heresy that yet understand very well football fans.
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Sportingly, this meeting is reminiscent of that of March 18, 2018, where Marseille had the opportunity to knock out Lyon in the race for the podium but had gambled (3-2), and finished fourth, at a point in the league champions. This Olympico was played on the 30th day, much closer to the finish line. The goal of Memphis Depay at the last minute had hurt the Marseillais, but the Dutch is this time absent for a contracture.
Technical leader package? Villas-Boas fears bluffing. "I'm waiting for the confirmation of the absence of Depay, always summoned with the Netherlands", he warns, scalded by "Amiens, who used against us the shot of the absent (defeat 3-1), I do not know if in France this kind of thing is used a lot …"
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Psychological advantage Lyon
Lyon midfielder Lucas Tousart has indeed suspended, but OL remains on a series of three victories in all competitions, while OM has only to raise the bar against Lille (2-1) after two defeats.
And Lyon has a psychological advantage, because Marseille has beaten them only once in eleven confrontations for 5 years, in the Coupe de France (2-1 a.p.) 2017. In the rich history of OM-OL, "Rudico" recalls a bit too the heated return of Mathieu Valbuena on September 20, 2015 (1-1), where a model of the former Marseille player "Passed to the enemy" had been hanged.
But Garcia is not as clearly stamped OM as "Valbuche", who played eight years there. As to whether the new OL coach will benefit from his knowledge of the opposing squad – only Dario Benedetto, Alvaro Gonzalez and Valentin Rongier have arrived since – his former deputy, Frederic Bompard, believes it not at all. "When you play a club in Ligue 1, you've studied it and you always know it by heart, otherwise it's that you did not work well, it's a malpractice limit", he explains to AFP.
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On the leaders side, we calmed the game so as not to stir nitroglycerin around this game. The presidents were silent, the Lyonnais Jean-Michel Aulas did not put a coin in the bastringue, and the Marseillais Jacques-Henri Eyraud managed the current affairs.
Payet tackle Garcia
"JHE" was Thursday at UEFA to meet the officials of financial fair play, a "Routine visit", do we know the club. Only Dimitri Payet threw a bit of sulfur into a press conference, mocking among other things the " double talk " from his former coach. "This is the first time I see Payet tack everywhere", quips a close friend of Garcia.
The supporters of Marseille, 64,800 expected spectators – and no Lyonnais in the city, on prefectoral order – have not spent their week to reproach their reproaches towards their former coach (2016-2019).
They worked on a "Tifo" giant who promises to be sumptuous, to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the club champion of Europe 1993.
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The secret of the tifo has been well kept, but the show promises to be grandiose, drawn with sewn veils, papers of double-sided color for an immense evolutionary drawing and in 3D. "This show is good for us," says AVB. Creating this atmosphere of intimidation can help win a match, but the organization and quality of the players will make a difference ". And the coaches on the bench?