JANUARY ROUNDUP: LIGUE 1, COUPE DE FRANCE & COUPE DE LA LIGUE UPDATE
20.01.2018: Olympique de Marseille 3-0 Stade Rennais
- Florian Thauvin Double Sinks Stade Rennais On Wingers Marseille Return
6: F. Thauvin
21: L. Perrin
45: F. Thauvin
27.01.2018: Clermont Foot 1-2 Olympique de Marseille
- Olympique de Marseille Close Gap On AS Monaco To Go Joint Top Of Ligue 1
20: M. El Haddadi
46: M. El Haddadi
66: E. Rolland
Munir El Haddadi
31.01.2018: Olympique de Marseille 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain
- Late Islam Slimani Goal Denies PSG Crucial Three Points
43: A. Morata
87: I. Slimani
Brice Dja Djedje
06.01.2018: Evian TG 2-0 Olympique de Marseille
- Ligue 2 Side Stun Marseille To Knock Giants Out Of Coupe De France
3: J. Falcon
20: F. Sammaritano
23.01.2018: Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 Olympique de Marseille
- Late Rally Unable To Stop Semi Final Defeat For Olympique De Marseille
10: N. Antonov
16: M. Veratti
19: A. Di Maria
62: R. Alessandrini
85: E. Cardona
Munir El Haddadi, FC Barcelona, £9 Million. We needed another striker after Clinton N’Jie never hit it off at the club. However in Munir we have signed a player of top quality that can score a lot of goals. He is exactly the sort of player that Barcelona will want to re-sign in a couple of years because if he hits it off at the Stade Velodrome he is going to be a top quality player for this club.
Florian Thauvin, Swansea City, Loan. A player that knows the club extremely well after a very successful spell at the club first time around. Has the quality to be an important player for the club and potentially help replace Remy Cabella even if Edwin Cardona is giving it his best shot. Made a fantastic start to his second spell, but picked up an injury which was a shame but hopefully can come back even better.
Chaker Alhadhur, Fenerbahce SK, Loan. Failed to play a single game for the club during the first half of the season, which was a shame even if we did only pay a small amount of cash for him. Hopefully the scout reports of his time at Fenerbahce will come back positive and he may be able to force his way into the squad again next season.
Maxime Lopez, Eskisehirspor, Loan. Like Alhadhur, failed to play a single game during the first half of the season, so has been loaned out again to get first team football. Has the potential to be a quality player for the club but needs to be able to play regular football to become that player and with the options we have in midfield, that isn’t going to happen here for the time being.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Benjamin Mendy is the player of the month after three excellent performances in Ligue 1. He has weighed in with some fantastic defensive play and taken his assists total for the season up to 5 which is all we can ask for really. He has improved his discipline this season and is beginning to look like a fantastic young left back and could well be the top drawer player we want him to be.
A great month in the League where we’re right back in the title race, even if we were never out of it. Even though we ended the month two points behind Monaco, it still feels like we are closer to top spot even if the positions haven’t changed. The result against PSG has certainly helped that which was fantastic and for Islam to score the goal late on was amazing and we got the minimum result we deserved. To return to league action with a fantastic 3-0 victory over Rennais was brilliant and the football we played in the first half was excellent and we were flying. Against Clermont we should have done a lot better but we managed to grab the three points was what we needed to do. In the cup competitions though our exits have been painful, especially to lose the way we did against Evian. We didn’t turn up which is a shame and Evian stunned us with a great performance. Against PSG we were poor for the first 20 minutes but then we decided to play and it was a shame we didn’t do it for the full 90 minutes otherwise we would have probably won the game. However there is a positive from all of this. The fact we are out of the cup competitions means we only need to focus on the Ligue 1 Title Race, and the Champions League games when they come around. The Champions League returns next month with a trip to Galatasaray and we cannot wait.