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Olympique de Marseille: Droit au But

An Olympique de Marseille story for Football Manager 2016
Started on 31 December 2015 by mgriffin2012
Latest Reply on 14 June 2016 by Griffo
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CHARLES ARANGUIZ ARRIVES ON LOAN

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Midfielder Charles Aranguiz, Olympique de Marseille’s new loan signing has made 45 appearances for Chile, scoring 7 goals.

Olympique de Marseille have officially announced their second signing of the current January Transfer Window as Chilean midfielder Charles Aranguiz has arrived at the Stade Velodrome on loan for the rest of the season from Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. The Chilean midfielder failed to make an impact at the Bundesliga club after only making 3 appearances in the league since his £9.25 million transfer from Internacional although an Achilles tendon injury did keep him out for 9 months.

With several key players away at the African Cup of Nations or out injured/suspended, Christophe Galtier is believed to have moved quickly to secure the signature of Aranguiz as extra depth for his team as they chase silverware at the end of the season. The manager himself expressed his delight at securing Aranguiz’s signature. ”He is a player with a lot of experience as well as a lot of quality, and although he had an unfortunate year last year, he is still an exceptional player and hopefully he can do a very good job for us for the remainder of the season, and help us achieve everything we want to this year.”


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COUPE DE LA LIGUE SEMI FINAL UPDATE

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Haha I'm sorry man! There's always next year ;)
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JANUARY ROUNDUP: LIGUE 1 UPDATE


RESULTS

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20.01.2017: OGC Nice 0-1 Olympique de Marseille
5: L. Ocampos

28.01.2017: Olympique de Marseille 1-1 Toulouse
29: R. Alessandrini
54: W. Ben Yedder


LEAGUE TABLE


MANAGER'S THOUGHTS

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Not the worst month we could have had but definitely not the best. We end the month top of the league so that is something to be happy about and hopefully we can start to make top spot our own in the coming months as the season starts to draw to its close. However we could and probably should have been further clear of PSG than we are, and the draw with Toulouse was really disappointing because their equaliser came from another error, and an error from another experienced player which is unfortunate. However next month we’ll go again and try and get as many points on the board as possible and hopefully still be top by this time next month. In the Coupe de France, moving through to eleventh round again was fantastic and hopefully we can qualify for the Quarter Finals with a good performance against Quevilly who have done well to knock out Caen and Nice so far in the competition. The highlight of the month though has to be getting through to the final of the Coupe de la Ligue. To be in with a shot of winning our second major trophy in as many years is fantastic, and our performances against Monaco and PSG were fantastic and we deserve to be there. Nantes will give us a very good game but it is definitely one we all feel we can win, and hopefully we’ll be coming home at the end of the game with the trophy. Finally I felt it was right to address the sale of Steve Mandanda. Whilst he has been a fantastic servant to the club since he signed for us, his performances over the last 1 and a half years of my reign have not been good enough and it was felt that the time was right to bring someone new in, or allow for Brice Samba to become the number one goalkeeper at the club. Whether this happens right away or not I don’t know, as Asmir Begovic has been bought in on loan until the end of the season, but Samba is a very high potential player that could be a star of the future moving forward.


A bit of consistency in your results and you're set for a great, great season!
Yeah normally id be feeling we need to sort out our away form but home form cost us this month!
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COUPE DE FRANCE ELEVENTH ROUND UPDATE & QUARTER FINAL DRAW

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COUPE DE FRANCE QUARTER FINAL DRAW

With the French Champions and the current Coupe de France holders still being in the competition there are some big ties to be played in this seasons Coupe de France. French Champions PSG will host Girondins de Bordeaux, whilst the only side not in Ligue 1 left in the competition, US Colomiers, will host Troyes. Current holders Olympique de Marseille will host Montpellier HSC, whilst the club bottom of Ligue 1, EA Guingamp host fellow strugglers FC Lorient in the remaining Quarter Finals.

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UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE PREVIEW: AFC AJAX VS. OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE



AFC Ajax
Group Stage Finish: 2nd In Group K
President: Remco van Beek
Manager: Danny Blind
Captain: Ron Vlaar
Key Players: Jasper Cillessen, Ron Vlaar, Jairo Riedewald, Lasse Schone, Anwar El Ghazi
Last Match: 4-2 Vs. FC Koln
Form:
Fans Verdict: ”We’re perfectly capable of coming out of this tie with the victory over the two legs. We’ve come out of a pretty tough group containing the likes of Inter Milan, FC Koln and FC Kobenhavn, a team that knocked Marseille out last year so we’re more than capable of beating them at the Amsterdam Arena and getting the right result at the Stade Velodrome in the Second Leg.” Predicted Result: Ajax Victory.

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OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE
Group Stage Finish: 1st In Group J
President: Vincent Labrune
Manager: Christophe Galtier
Captain: Loic Perrin
Key Players: Asmir Begovic, Loic Perrin, Jonas Martin, Remy Cabella, Michy Batshuayi
Last Match: 3-2 Vs. AC Milan
Form:
Fans Verdict: ”Of all the teams we could have drawn, perhaps Ajax are one of the easier teams which is nice for us, because we’re taking this competition seriously. If we can go there and at least score a goal then we’ll do well to be honest, because at the Stade Velodrome we don’t look like anyone can stop us.” Predicted Result: Marseille Victory.


Do you get more determined to defeat Toulouse now? haha.. surprised we haven't been relegated yet!
Maybe just a little bit ;) but mostly because ive been tracking Ben Yedder since day 1, and they wont budge for anything below £30 million which just isnt gonna happen!
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UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND OF 32 UPDATE & ROUND OF 16 DRAW


09.02.2017: AFC Ajax 2-1 Olympique de Marseille
32: L. Schone (pen)
62: A. El Ghazi
68: R. Cabella

16.02.2017: Olympique de Marseille 3-0 (4-2 Agg) AFC Ajax
4: J. Martin
82: E. Adebayor
85: A. Diaby

ROUND OF 16 DRAW

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The draw for the Round of 16 in this seasons UEFA Europa League has thrown up a very intriguing tie for Christophe Galtier’s Olympique de Marseille side as they will visit David Moyes’ Olympique Lyonnais side for the First Leg, before hosting them the week later. With Marseille having won the game at the Stade des Lumieres in Ligue 1, 3-2 earlier on in the season, Galtier and the Marseille fans will be confident of their sides chances of qualifying for the Quarter Finals. The highlights of the other ties in the round sees Manchester City host Tottenham Hotspur, Wolfsburg meeting Athletic Bilbao and Internazionale playing Spartak Moscow over the two legs. The first legs will be played Thursday 2nd March, with the return legs being the week after on Thursday 9th March 2017.


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FEBRUARY ROUNDUP: LIGUE 1 UPDATE


RESULTS

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04.02.2016: Olympique de Marseille 0-1 EA Guingamp
47: D. Appiah

12.02.2017: SM Caen 0-3 Olympique de Marseille
27: L. Perrin
74: M. Batshuayi
90+2: R. Alessandrini

19.02.2016: Olympique de Marseille 1-0 Stade de Reims
28: J. Martin

22.02.2017: FC Nantes 0-0 Olympique de Marseille

25.02.2017: Olympique de Marseille 4-0 Sochaux-Montbeliard
12: M. Batshuayi
58: R. Alessandrini
74: M. Batshuayi
78: A. Diaby

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MANAGER'S THOUGHTS

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To be where we are now is fantastic and it is just a case of keeping up the pressure and plugging away and seeing what we can achieve. We’ve had a great month and should have won all 5 games we’ve played and even against Guingamp we absolutely mullered them so for them to get 3 points was very unfortunate for us. But since then we haven’t conceded a goal in Ligue 1 and added quite a few to our tally which is brilliant to see. On top of this, the league is so tight at the minute, with Stade Rennais down in 7th still in theory in the race for the title or European football, we have to be delighted at keeping 4 successive clean sheets in a league where anyone can beat anyone. In the Coupe de France, we’re through to the Quarter Finals again and we’re playing local rivals Montpellier so getting into the Semi Finals against them would be fantastic. As for the Europa League, losing the first leg wasn’t ideal but we did very well to claw it back like I knew we could, as at home, we tend to be very strong and Ajax didn’t stand a chance as soon as we started playing our game. Next month, we just need to ask for more of the same. If we can keep our league form up that will be brilliant, and getting through to the Semi Finals of the Coupe de France and the Quarter Finals of the Europa League would be amazing.


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CHRISTOPHE GALTIER: "NO ONE EXPECTED THIS, BUT WE'LL GIVE IT OUR BEST SHOT!"



On the back of another good month of results for Olympique de Marseille, manager Christophe Galtier has been speaking to L'Equipe about his sides results and the title race that the club now finds itself in. With 11 games of the season left, Galtier's L'OM sit second in the table with 51 points, winning 14, drawing 9 and losing 4 of the clubs 27 games this season. They are two points behind leaders and current champions PSG and with a huge game to come against the Champions later on in the season, Galtier is upbeat about his team's chances this season.

THE RUN IN

"Hopefully further on in the season we'll have learnt from those games and pick up results from similar situations"

"At the start of the season, nobody expected us to get this far into the season and still be involved in the hunt for the title. But we are and people have to accept it, and accept that we, at this moment in time are a good side. This last month we have done exceptionally well to beat the likes of Sochaux, Reims and Caen. Maybe we should have done better against Guingamp and then against Nantes but that's just football, and hopefully further on in the season we'll have learnt from those games and pick up results from similar situations."

When asked how he thought his team would fare in the crunch games against the likes of Monaco and PSG, the manager was still upbeat and confident of his teams chances. "Look we've proven we can beat these teams already. In the cups and last season, and the team we had then was weaker than the one we have now. We are a good side. Nobody expected this, but we're going to give it our best shot. PSG are obviously a magnificent team as are Monaco but we will go into every game in this run in confident of finding our best form and grabbing a result."


Galtier shows his appreciation for the fans at the Stade Velodrome after Marseille thump relegation threatenede Sochaux-Montbeliard, 4-0 to maintain the pressure on league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

With big games against local rivals Montpellier and former side AS Saint-Etienne in March, as well as a Europa League tie with Olympique Lyonnais, L'OM fans have a lot of games to look forward or potentially fear as there are games everywhere that could potentially cause a slip up. Forwards Michy Batshauyi and Emmanuel Adebayor have spoken about the positive atmosphere in the dressing room and how the team go into every game confident of finding the victory. A lot of Marseille's recent success has been inspired by their back line with Asmir Begovic, coming in on-loan from Chelsea in January, having kept 4 clean sheets in successive games at the end of the month alone.

THE PLAYERS

"If we win the title by winning games 1-0, keeping clean sheets then we will have been effective at both ends of the pitch."

"Asmir has come in and made a huge impact. Steve Mandanda was a club legend but he did make a lot of mistakes and perhaps that didnt fill our defenders with the confidence they needed to be filled with when he was in goal. Asmir has something different about him. He is the number 1 goalkeeper for his nation, and he might not have played much at Chelsea, but that hasnt hindered him here and we have a World Class goalkeeper on our hands. If we win the title by winning games 1-0 and Asmir and our defence keeping clean sheets then no one will be complaining because we have been extremely effective at both ends of the pitch."


Michy Batshuayi celebrates after his goal in the 74th minute against SM Caen, put L'OM 2-0 up and on track for their first win in a run of three victoryies and draw at the end February.

The conversation soon moved on to Marseille's man of the moment, Michy Batshuayi who scored three goals in 4 games to help Marseille. "Michy is one of those players, that if we do win this league title, then he will go down as the man who really inspired this team to glory. Michy is the guy on the training ground trying to calm everyone down and tell them that we just need to take it a day at a time, and for someone so young that is great to see. He's scored quite a lot of goals this year and thats fantastic, it's just what we needed, and when you have someone like Emmanuel Adebayor in the squad, teaching him, talking to him about everything little thing out on the pitch that he does then he is obviously learning at quite an astounding rate."

THE FUTURE

"I want myself and this squad to be the team that did win the title with Marseille and then go on to further success."

Galtier also went on to talk about his future at the club. "If we win the League then you would think that my future here is pretty secure. But the last thing anyone wants to do is give it a real go at the title one season and then flop the next. It happens quite a lot, look at Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool the other year. He will always be remembered as the manager that almost won the Premier League with Liverpool, and I don't want to be the manager that almost won Ligue 1 with Marseille. I want myself and this squad to be the people that did win the title with Marseille and then go on to further success because otherwise it doesn't end well for any of us really does it?"


Christophe Galtier celebrates with the Saint-Etienne team that won the Coupe de la Ligue in 2013, his only trophy as a manager to date.

When we finally asked Galtier what he really thought about Marseille's title chances, the former Saint-Etienne manager began to beam, looking extremely excited. "Obviously we want to win it, but like I said earlier no one expected this. I dont think anyone really thinks we'll be able to do it and it is going to be about keeping that attitude out of the squad. We'll take it a game at a time, and give it our best shot. There's nothing else we can do really, and at the minute its out of our hands. I believe in this squad though, and with that little bit of luck, who knows what we can achieve."


Best of luck bringing down PSG!

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