Milik providential scorer, Russians without relief, find our Tops and Flops of Marseille-Lokomotiv Moscow (1-0).
Milik, striker found
If he was not sparkling in the game, Arkadiusz Milik fulfilled the role that was asked of him: to score. In the 35th minute, the Pole perfectly cut the path of one of the many corners taken by Under. Alone at the near post, the striker took advantage of the error of the very young Russian goalkeeper, Daniil Khudyakov (17) and put an angry header into the empty goal. More discreet then, Milik has at least been full of confidence by scoring his first goal in three games and a double against Galatasaray (4-2). What to give food for thought to Jorge Sampaoli on the positioning of Payet in false 9, even if the Reunionese was very good in this role once entered play.
Konrad de la Fuente, blaster of the attack
Lined up as a left piston, de la Fuente was twirling to its side. From the first moments of the meeting, the former Barça put Nenakhov in difficulty with his liveliness and his dribbling. Alone to bring percussion to OM this evening, he is one of the few to have created real discrepancies on the Olympian side. Back from injury, de la Fuente, however, did not erase his faults during his convalescence. He will need more sharpness in the last gesture and more lucidity in the choices to apply for a permanent position. Evidenced by his many missed crosses but also his tendency to lock himself up after eliminating his direct opponent.
Lokomotiv Moscow, far too timid
It takes two teams to have a good game. If Olympique de Marseille has mastered its subject so easily, without being sparkling, it is also largely due to the weakness of its opponent. With no shot on target, while they had to win to be transferred to the Europa Conference League, the Muscovites were very far from the score this Thursday evening. They have never shown offensive intentions, curled up in their part of the field in a compact 4-4-2. Their coach, Markus Gisdol, finally gave the impression that it was his team that was in OM’s situation tonight, to want to preserve a score that was unfavorable to them.
Rongier, the symbol of a failing environment
After a first foul play in the 63rd minute, Valentin Rongier collected his second card for a similar foul in the 80th minute. Logically expelled, he left his partners outnumbered for the last quarter of an hour of the match. But more than his performance, it was the entire Olympian midfielder who faltered tonight. Mattéo Guendouzi did not have his usual radiance while Pape Gueye could also have been sent off in the thirtieth minute for a second yellow. Jorge Sampaoli will need more slaughter and technical accuracy on the part of his midfielder to hope to go far in the rest of the European adventure for Marseille.