Before Rennes – Marseille – Sterile possession against a dynamite attack: OM against their kryptonite?

This is the most important match of the 37th day. The one who can endorse everything or, on the contrary, revive everything. And not to spoil anything, the clash between Rennes and Marseille, this Saturday (9:00 p.m.), will also be a real opposition of style. On one side, the explosive Breton attack. On the other, the Marseille collective prowled with “Sampaolian” ideas. “We are the best team at home, OM are the best team awayalso summed up Bruno Genesio, coach of the SRFC, at a press conference. So for me it’s a very balanced match at the start.”

This balance should revolve around one key factor: possession. Behind Paris Saint-Germain, no other club monopolizes the ball more than Marseille (62.1% possession against 62.8 for PSG). The Marseille eleven still and always lives on the automatisms instilled by the Argentine coach, even if, in recent months, this nature has rather tended to make the construction of his game sterile… and that it has not always allowed him to take the upper hand over his direct adversaries.

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OM held the ball at Parc (58%) and Allianz Riviera (55.5%), but lost to Paris (2-1) and only took one point from Nice (1-1). Paradoxically, his best game on the lawn of a big fish was in Monaco (0-2), where the Olympians had let their opponent come.

Despite this, the Marseillais will remain faithful to their philosophy when approaching their match at Roazhon Park. “It will be an intense gamenoted Valentin Rongier at a press conference. Rennes attacks a lot. But if we deprive our opponents of the ball, it will put them in difficulty. We have the resources to hurt them.”

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Conversely, however, Rennes have never looked so dangerous at home as when they left control of the game to the opposing team. Paris is well placed to find out (2-0) as is Lyon (4-1) to a lesser extent. “We know their strengths and weaknessessaid Jorge Sampaoli. They know ours. The most important thing is to see how we can dominate this Rennes team and their high volume of attack. And when we have possession, annoy them and make them back away from our surface.”

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OM needs control and ended up strengthening its organization by adopting an increasingly pragmatic approach. The movements of the players are regulated like clockwork, in particular those of the corridors (and of Rongier, in the hybrid role).

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The Rennes attackers, on the other hand, are capable of creating disorder, by crossing races and permutations. This is how they had crushed Lyon. “We knew that as soon as we managed to get out of their laundrywe were going to have spaces, said Benjamin Bourigeaud after the success against the Rhone club. We had to project ourselves into it thoroughly, which we did. ” Two weeks ago, OL were inspired by Feyenoord to beat OM. This time, Rennes could take an example from their success against Lyon to do the same.

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