Euphoric until then this winter, OM fell from above this Sunday against Nice, at the end of the 22nd day of L1 (1-3).
Pablo Longoria had obviously felt the blow coming. Despite a promising winter transfer window, the OM boss was wary of the general conflagration – especially in the media – as to the new ambitions of a Marseille looking like a title contender. After the meetings against Monaco and Nantes in recent days, the president of the Olympians had sounded the alarm, scalded by the first 45 sluggish minutes of his team. The scenario observed on Sunday at the Vélodrome against Nice was not to reassure him.
In a stadium full as an egg, three days before a long-awaited Classic against Paris in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France, the Phocaeans collapsed, victims of the surgical precision of devilishly realistic Nice. Diop and Laborde, attentive to the rebound of initial strikes signed Laborde, again (38e), and Thuram (44e), were responsible for punishing the defensive largesse of Marseillais who were too tender at first glance. With Payet and Vitinha holders for the occasion, and ultimately very disappointing, all things considered.
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On the hour mark, Malinovskyi gave hope to his people by finding the fault, on a service from Clauss (1-2, 60e), but OM then sinned in the last move to come back to the score, and Brahimi took the opportunity to deliver the coup de grace in the last minutes of the game (1-3, 81e). The Aiglons confirm their rebirth under the orders of Digard, with 13 points taken out of 15 possible in the championship and a return to six lengths from the first European jump seat. The Sanchez and consort, they lose big. Seeing PSG consolidate its leadership with an eight-point lead now, and Monaco come back with great strides on their steps, just two points.