On Sunday evening, OM showed an extremely (too?) cautious face at the Classic in the Parc des Princes (2-1) against PSG.
As in the first leg at the Vélodrome, Olympique de Marseille didn’t really play 100% against PSG. In fact, Jorge Sampaoli’s team was very careful not to push forward too suddenly and systematically maintained a defensive balance. In addition, OM’s Argentina coach was late before bringing in Bamba Dieng or Cédric Bakambu, two deep attackers that fans would have liked to see earlier to destabilize Paris Saint-Germain’s defence. But after OM’s narrow defeat at the Parc des Princes, Jorge Sampaoli took over his tactics taking this into account “play differently” would have been a “suicidal” for Olympique de Marseille against Neymar, Lionel Messi and especially Kylian Mbappé.
Sampaoli adopts his defensive tactics against PSG
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“In this type of match, I think we’re going for possession. You can create chances from that, the opponent didn’t have a chance. That’s how we approached him tactically. By isolating the three front players. To play otherwise would have been suicide. We could have equalized in the second half. The players made an intelligent match against this opponent. Out of the PSG goal. We saw numerical superiority in the middle, we tried to take it by turning the game around and managed to destabilize it in the middle. It was our best moment up to 1-1, we were sharper, more determined. The first ten minutes of the first half were the worst. It was a struggle in the second half, we didn’t have the balls we wanted. Our game plan had to be checked. We would have had more trouble with deep attackers. analyzed Jorge Sampaoli, who therefore does not regret his decision to start the game with only two offensive players, Dimitri Payet and Cengiz Ünder. Because for him, putting up more attackers would have unbalanced OM in particular against such a formidable opponent as Paris SG.