To win at Angers and stay in the wheel of Paris Saint-Germain, Olympique de Marseille had proposed a very overhauled starting lineup. In addition to the premieres of Jordan Amavi and Duje Caleta-Car, Jorge Sampaoli had also decided to line up a new-look attack with Bamba Dieng, Amine Harit and Luis Henrique. Result: a somewhat laborious 0-0. Not enough to call into question the turnover policy established by Sampaoli.
“We had three or four clear chances to win the game. Angers played very closely together behind. If we had difficulty creating dangerous situations, it’s because there were a lot of their players in defense, it’s not because of turnover. As we have to play every three days, it will be normal to see the players change given the team’s upcoming schedule ”, said the Argentine at a press conference, before continuing.
Sampaoli will not change his mind
“Having a lot of players coming in and out of the team gives us the opportunity to have a lot of competing players trying to play the same way. The most important intention of the team is to have tried to win. The loss of the ball is our fault, not because our opponent wanted to press us ”. However, if Angers did not actually show a conquering face, OM did not shine either, especially in attack.
In addition to the two big failures of Luis Henrique (14th) and Dieng (83rd) against Paul Bernardoni, the Phocaeans hardly had any hot action on the clock. But then again, the Argentine has the answer. “What cost us the most is attacking. We didn’t have the same attack volume as usual, but we have a young team. We must insist. We will have other matches like that, and it will take a lot of pressure to beat such tight defenses ”.