It is indisputable to say that the Phocaeans have experienced ups and downs in recent years. Remaining the only American club to have won the Champions League in 1993 thanks to a now legendary head of the head of Basile Boli, Olympique de Marseille has no longer won the slightest title in major European competitions. Despite a beautiful route in the Europa League in 2018, where they had unfortunately failed in the final against an Atletico de Madrid too strong for them (3-0), the Marseillais can no longer climb into the last square.
Perhaps the fault of poor calculations of the leaders? Or because of recruitment of players deemed "too average '' to restore their coat of arms and vibrate the velodrome?
In any case, recently and above all thanks to the arrival of the sulphurous ex-coach of the Argentine selection, Jorge Sampaoli, the players' state of mind seems to have changed definitively. We see again beautiful game, mind and executives like the old (and future?) International, Dimitri Payet, take responsibility in important matches. The current second in the Ligue 1 championship again offers beautiful game and this is undoubtedly due to a good cohesion in the group, which says to live this 2021-2022 season, both sporting and human.
Let's see together the strengths of this new OM
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Guardians: a veteran and a hope
Pau Lopez: Arrived this year from AS Rome, the Spanish international has had a difficult start to the season. But with a constant progression and a position of holder for a few months, the native of Girona has convinced and has the potential to become a high -level goalkeeper.
Steve Mandanda: No need to present '' The phenomenon '', international and former captain of the Phocaean club. Even if he has lost his holder's place, Steve has not lost his fighting spirit and he proves it whenever he is on the ground. He should normally start the meeting against Feyenord, since Sampaoli prefers it to Lopez for European competitions.
Defenders: a solid hinge and the sides who like to project themselves forward
Duje Caleta-Car: Scorer in the recent Classico OM-PSG, the imposing Croatian defender is now indisputable as the central defender. Announced leaving at each transfer window, Duje has been able to make a place in the blue and white workforce.
William Saliba: The 21 -year -old American, recently summoned for the first time by Didier Deschamps Among the Blues, impresses with serenity. His impact in the aerial game and the quality of his reminders have made him, the Taulier of the Marseille defense.
Valentin Rongier : The native of Mâcon recently exceeded the symbolic course of the 100 appearances under the Olympian colors. At the start of the season. He had trouble expressing himself, the coach playing him in different positions. As a side defender, he has made his hole and has experienced strong progression since 2022.
Field environments: the Franco-Senegalese sector
Bobker Qamra: 22 years and already a future that seems radiant for the defensive midfielder: coveted by major clubs, American of Senegalese origin is a safe bet of this new generation OM. Announced leaving for Atletico de Madrid next season, hope that the young hope can help Marseille to win a new European title.
Matthew Gyndouzi: The young international is undeniably one of the darlings of the Vélodrome this year. To believe that his experience in Gunners d'Arsenal brought him a lot of maturity, because he speaks to his PLEin potential this season! Scorer, smuggler and essential to the Marseille collective, the Franco-Moroccan will undoubtedly be talked about in the coming weeks. His recent statements to the press have demonstrated a real attachment to the Marseille team.
Pope Gueye: The 22 -year -old left midfielder formed in Le Havre is the shadow worker of this team. Physics, enduring and endowed with a big ball strike, the Senegalese international knows how to scratch and keep the balloons. A technical player who has been making good matches since the start of the year.
Attackers: between experienced players and newcomers
Dimitri Payet: The new captain of OM is, that we like it or we don't like it, an exceptional player. Often criticized for its irregularity or overweight, the Reunionese is the caliber of the big ones! Between its decisive goals in the American team, its millimeter free kicks or its completely crazy volley over 30 m against the Paok, the 35 -year -old looks fully fulfilled this year and delights us with every match!
Arkadiusz Milik: Author of 7 goals in 19 games, the Polish has not always been holder this season, but remains an experienced player capable of overthrowing a situation, even with very few touched balls. Pure number 9, the ex-Napolitan will certainly want to shine against Feyenord. See if Sampaoli will want to count on him.
Cengiz Under: The left -handed left -hander caused a sensation at the start of the season thanks to his '' grit'' and his technique. He has since known, good and less good. But it is certain that the 24-year-old striker will want to win in the Marseille attack and will do everything to prove it in the semi-finals of the Europa League Conference. No doubt a future hope of the club.