OM | OM-Lyon: the sold-out Velodrome, Garcia returns to Marseille … Five points to remember before the Olympico

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The shock of the Olympics promises to be hot tonight (21h) at the Velodrome. In front of an affluence worthy of the big nights, the OM must finally beat the rival Lyonnais to offer a reference match this season

By Pierre-Antoine Trossero

May 4, 2014. This is the date of OM's last success in Ligue 1 against Lyon at the Velodrome. That night, the Olympians won 4-2 against Les Gones with goals from Diawara, Thauvin and a double from Gignac. They were 37,842 supporters to attend this victory in the grounds of Boulevard Michelet. Tonight, they will be much more likely to push their proteges to victory, oh how important for the men of Andre Villas-Boas. Here are five things to remember before Olympico.

The sold-out Velodrome

This is the shock of the 13th day of Ligue 1. And, one of the most anticipated matches of the season by home fans Marseille. This evening, OM faces the Lyon rival in front of a crowd worthy of the big nights. More than 65,000 people will be present in the Velodrome bays. A twelfth man who will push the Olympians to victory from start to finish. A sentiment shared by one of the most famous players in OM history: the legendary Basile Boli. "This stadium has a peculiarity, it has a real passion for its team, its players.This audience has a positive side, and negative for some, in the game is a real 12th man.", said "Basilou" this morning on the set of Telefoot.

Garcia on mined ground

"We did not separate on good terms". Dimitri Payet scratched the former OM coach Friday in a two-day press conference at Olympico. Marseille fans should reserve an icy welcome to Rudi Garcia tonight at the Velodrome. Although he reached the final of the Europa League with OM in 2018, his last year in Marseille was poorly experienced by the "fadas" club Marseille. And, his visit to the rival Lyon is perceived as a betrayal for supporters of the OM. He arrives on mined ground tonight at the Velodrome.

An exceptional tifo at kickoff

OM is celebrating its 120th birthday this year. And for the occasion, the Marseille fans intend to celebrate this anniversary in the most beautiful way. For the Olympico tonight at the Velodrome, they have made for several weeks a tifo XXL which will precede the kickoff of the shock of the 13th day of Ligue 1. A moment that promises to be grandiose for this 50th OM-OL of history in Ligue 1.

Before the meeting, a tribute will also be paid to Thomas, a recent OM fan. Whoever kicked off the match OM-Saint-Etienne last September will be entitled to a tribute tonight before Olympico.

Payet as good on the field as in front of the media?

It is a media outlet as surprising as offensive. On Friday, Dimitri Payet lit the first match before Olympico, settling his accounts with his former coach Rudi Garcia in a press conference. The Reunionese confided that "The communication with" RG "did not pass last season" and that "relationship between the two men have deteriorated". Now remains to the Reunion to be as good on the field as in front of the media. The performance of the number 10 Marseille will be scrutinized by all observers and lovers of OM tonight at the Velodrome. It's up to him to fire the enclosure of the boulevard Michelet.

Depay package

Announced package Wednesday night, after a muscle injury in the right thigh Tuesday against Benfica, Memphis Depay will be well and truly absent tonight in the ranks of Lyon. Andre Villas-Boas remained suspicious Friday in a press conference, fearing a blow of bluff of the leaders of the OL. But the Portuguese coach can reassure himself: one of the most dangerous players in Lyon will miss Olympico. OM will not complain about it …



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