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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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FEBRUARY ROUNDUP: LIGUE 1 UPDATE


RESULTS

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03.02.2016: Montpellier HSC 1-0 Olympique de Marseille
42: Hilton

06.02.2016: Olympique de Marseille 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain
7: R. Cabella
26: A. Di Maria
62: L. Ocampos
69: S. Sirigu
82: J. Porsan-Clemente

12.02.2016: OGC Nice 1-2 Olympique de Marseille
3: H. Ben Arfa
43: A. Diaby
65: L. Ocampos
68: M. Bodmer

21.02.2016: Olympique de Marseille 1-0 AS Saint-Etienne
66: M. Zarate

27.02.2016: Gazalec Ajaccio 1-3 Olympique de Marseille
32: L. Ocampos
45: E. Adebayor
54: G. Pujol
66: R. Cabella
72: L. Ocampos

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MANAGER'S THOUGHTS

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In the context of December and February, January was not a good month, picking up 5 points from a possible 12 was not great and we should have done better. So during February for us to pick up 12 points after that frustrating defeat at Montpellier is brilliant. Our performances have actually been fantastic since the defeat to Montpellier and even then we probably should have scored at least an equaliser. Beating PSG was fantastic and I’ve never been more shocked or pleased at one of our performances this season, we were on fire in front of goal and to dominate the game the way we did against such a brilliant team was fantastic. Welcoming Saint-Etienne to the Stade Velodrome was always going to be difficult, they are having a good season and look like challenging for European football again this season, but the goal was actually brilliant and easily the best move we have put together all season. Recently we seem to have put together a good way of playing away from home and the last two away performances against Nice and against Ajaccio have been our best performances away from home all season, barring the domination against Lech Poznan in Poland, and to come from behind against a side as good as Nice was brilliant. It would have been the most disappointing of results if we had dropped points against Gazalec because unfortunately they have been pretty poor this season, and look destined to be relegated. Obviously we have to address the Coupe de France because we have been pretty fantastic in that tournament and now we’re through to the Quarter Finals where I am confident we can progress, although shocks can happen and Pau could throw a spanner in the works. But if we can play the same way we have been playing in the league and in the 3-0 victory against Toulouse in the 11th Round of the Coupe de France then we should have no problems, and I think we could beat anyone in France playing that way.


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COUPE DE FRANCE QUARTER FINALS UPDATE & SEMI FINAL DRAW

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SEMI-FINAL DRAW

After a fantastic set of Quarter Finals, the draw for the Semi-Finals has been made and the four sides left in the Coupe de France know who they will face on Tuesday 19th April in the penultimate round of the competition. After overcoming fourth tier side Pau, Olympique de Marseille visit Lille OSC, who overcame the tournament favourites Paris Saint-Germain in the Quarter Finals. The second semi-final will see second tier side Dijon FCO, who last played in Ligue 1 in the 2011/2012 season and knocked AS Monaco out in the Quarter Finals, will host high flying Stade Rennais in the semi finals.

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CHRISTOPHE GALTIER SIGNS CONTRACT EXTENSION

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Olympique de Marseille President Vincent Labrune today confirmed that current manager Christophe Galtier has signed a new extension to his current contract, which was due to run out in June, meaning that he will now be out of contract in June 2018. Galtier has a 58% win ratio as manager at the Stade Velodrome as of now, and at the moment is on course to steer his team into the 2016-2017 season edition of the UEFA Champions League. Marseille are also in the Semi Finals of the Coupe de France and are due to face Lille OSC in the Northern city on the 19th April.

Galtier himself claimed ”I am delighted to have signed this contract to keep me here for at least another two years. It feels like we are starting to build something very promising here. We’re a couple of good results away from being in next seasons Champions League which at the start of the season was what we considered to be our biggest aim. Our position in the Semi Finals of the Coupe de France is fantastic and a great opportunity to win the club’s first trophy since 2012, and the club’s first Coupe de France title since 1989.”

Vincent Labrune also chipped in with a few words stating: ”We always believed that Christophe was the man to take this club forward and start what is hopefully a new era in this club’s history. So far he hasn’t failed to deliver and we’re delighted with how this season has panned out! Long may it continue.”

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MARCH ROUNDUP: LIGUE 1 UPDATE


RESULTS

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06.03.2016: Olympique de Marseille 4-1 Toulouse
1: J. Porsan-Clemente
3: J. D. Akpa-Akpro
9: J. Porsan-Clemente
39: J. Porsan-Clemente
86: M. Tisserand

12.03.2016: FC Lorient 2-4 Olympique de Marseille
18: M. Batshuayi
22: M. Batshuayi
32: R. Cabella
39: M. Batshuayi
43: L. Traore
48: Y. Jouffre
90+2: W. Lautoa

19.03.2016: Olympique de Marseille 1-1 Stade Rennais
55: R. Danze
75: L. Ocampos

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MANAGER'S THOUGHTS

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A month that started extremely well and finished relatively poorly. Not in terms of results because to go unbeaten the whole month is fantastic and we’re six points clear of fourth placed Lyon at the minute so if we can keep up our good performances and form we’ll be playing in at least the qualifying round in next season’s UEFA Champions League would be a dream. The performances against Toulouse and Lorient were fantastic, as was the game against Rennais to be fair, and for Jeremie to score his hat trick was brilliant, as was Michy Batshuayi’s double in the game against Lorient. We seem to be on a poor run of missing penalties at the minute which is something we need to work on in training by the looks of it. However the run of injuries and suspensions we’ve had for this month has been horrible to deal with and we had to name a seriously depleted squad against Rennais, so to get the point felt as good as a victory if I’m being honest. It also means that against Bastia in our first game in April we’re still going to have to play an even more depleted squad which is extremely frustrating especially in such an important part of the season. It’s important to make sure we don’t forget that game against Pau in the Coupe de France at the start of the month because it is a fantastic feeling to qualify for the semi-finals and hopefully we can beat Lille to qualify for the final because this club needs to be aiming to win silverware and we’ve got a very good chance of doing that especially with PSG and Monaco having been knocked out in the Quarter Finals. Lastly I would also like to congratulate Pau for doing as well as they did because they did give us a fantastic game, and I’d be lying if I said that, going in to extra time it couldn’t have gone either way.


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MAURO ZARATE FACING LENGTHY LAY OFF

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Olympique de Marseille have today confirmed that Argentine forward Mauro Zarate will miss the rest of the season and the first half of next season with damaged cruciate ligaments. Zarate had made 23 appearances for Olympique de Marseille, scoring 4 goals for his new side since signing from West Ham United in the summer. The season started off o for n but his form has since died down and the striker has scored only 3 times in Ligue 1 this season, as competition Emmanuel Adebayor, Michy Batshuayi and the emerging Jeremie Porsan-Clemente forced the Argentine down the pecking order. Zarate’s main focus will surely now be on recovering from his injury and re-establishing himself in Christophe Galtier’s plans.


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CRUNCH MATCH PREVIEW: AS MONACO VS. OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE


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AS MONACO
2014-15 Season: 3rd
President: Dmitry Rybolovlev
Manager: Leonardo Jardim
Captain: Jeremy Toulalan
Key Players: Danijel Subasic, Jeremy Toulalan, Fabinho, Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho
Top Goalscorer: Ivan Cavaleiro, 17 Goals
Predicted Finish: 2nd
Form:
Fans Verdict: ”Marseille are a good side but they’ve slipped a little of late and the goals seem to have dried up since they scored 4 goals in 2 successive games. Away from home they’re not the strongest so hopefully we can use that to our advantage. Winning would all but guarantee us a place in the Champions League Group Stage which would be fantastic and with players like Cavaleiro, Bernardo Silva and Carrillo on good form I really think we can do it.” Predicted Result: 2-1 Marseille

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OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE
2014-15 Season: 4th
President: Vincent Labrune
Manager: Christophe Galtier
Captain: Steve Mandanda
Key Players: Steve Mandanda, Lassana Diarra, Remy Cabella, Michy Batshuayi
Top Goalscorer: Lucas Ocampos, 14 Goals
Predicted Finish: 4th
Form:
Fans Verdict: ”They’ve had a great season and have pushed PSG quite hard for the league table. In the reverse game we were fantastic in coming back to win the game but on the right wing, Cavaleiro and Fabinho tore us apart, our defender would go out to try and win the ball from one and the other would then receive the pass, so stopping those two is key to us getting anything here. It’s common knowledge, despite our recent form on the road, our away form isn’t the best and we don’t seem to be able to score at the minute, so hopefully we can grab a goal and see what happens.” Predicted Result: 1-1.


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PENALTY DRAMA PUTS MARSEILLE INTO FINAL

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PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN LIFT COUPE DE LA LIGUE TROPHY

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Paris Saint-Germain have lifted the 2015/16 Coupe de la Ligue, in front of 79,000 people at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. As expected the current French champions, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue holders dominated the game creating 17 goal scoring chances to SC Bastia’s in a repeat of the final from the 2014/15 season.

In a man of the match performance from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the legendary Swedish striker opened the scoring after 10 minutes from the penalty spot after Angel Di Maria had been bought down in the area by veteran defender Sebastian Squillaci. The scores remained the same until three minutes after half time when Ibrahimovic once again found himself with a goal scoring opportunity thanks to the brilliance of Lucas Moura who created space in the area by drawing two defenders to him, before playing a brilliant through ball to play Ibrahimovic free in the area, who remained calm and fired the ball low and past Jesper Hansen in the Bastia goal to make it 2-0 and make sure that the Coupe de la Ligue was returning with them to the Parc des Princes.

The final whistle was met with rapturous applause as PSG secured the first trophy of a potential treble, with the Ligue 1 title almost secured and the club in the UEFA Europa League Semi Finals.

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APRIL ROUND UP: LIGUE 1 UPDATE


RESULTS

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01.04.2016: SC Bastia 0-0 Olympique de Marseille

08.04.2016: Olympique de Marseille 1-0 Girondins de Bordeaux
12: L. Ocampos

15.04.2016: AS Monaco 1-0 Olympique de Marseille
16: Wallace

24.04.2016: Olympique de Marseille 1-0 FC Nantes
36: R. Cabella
38: K. Djidji

30.04.2016: Angers SCO 1-0 Olympique de Marseille
6: R. Thomas
76: R. Cabella

LEAGUE TABLE


MANAGER'S THOUGHTS

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It is a little worrying, writing my manager’s review this month, how we’ve only scored twice. We’ve played quite well, but the goals have dried up and it almost cost us a place in a major cup final. Thankfully though, despite only picking up 7 points from a possible 15 we are still in third and only a win away from qualifying for the Champions League. Anything other than that now would be a real disappointment so next month, in the final 2 games of the season we have to make sure that we do the job and qualify for where we want to be. In the Coupe de France, it is fantastic to be in the final of the competition, and the game against Stade Rennais on the 21st May will be a fantastic spectacle and we honestly cannot wait for it. Hopefully next month we can get the goals flowing again and secure our position, and hopefully in next month’s manager review we will have the first major trophy of my reign as manager of Olympique de Marseille under our belts.


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PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN CROWNED LIGUE 1 CHAMPIONS

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07.05.2016: Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain have been crowned Champions of France for the third successive season, despite having played fewer games than nearest contenders AS Monaco. PSG would have been crowned champions had they beaten Gazalec Ajaccio tomorrow in Corsica, but thanks to AS Monaco’s 3-0 defeat to Olympique Lyonnais tonight, the Parisians claim the crown with 3 games left.

Having already won the Coupe de la Ligue in April, it now means that the billionaire backed Parisians have now won the double, and could compete a treble if they can beat Germans Borussia Dortmund in the final of the UEFA Europa League, in Basel, in a few weeks time.

Their top Goalscorer in the league this season, was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who scored 45 goals in all seasons, in an excellent season for the Swede. By winning the title this season, it also means that PSG will take a spot amongst the top seeds in next seasons UEFA Champions League, meaning that they’ll avoid giants of the continent such as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

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MAY ROUND UP: FINAL LIGUE 1 UPDATE


RESULTS

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07.05.2016: Olympique de Marseille 5-2 Stade de Reims
14: G. Charbonnier
16: O. Fortes
18: L. Ocampos
39: M. Batshuayi
40: L. Ocampos
45+2: M. Batshuayi
62: M. Batshuayi
81: G. Charbonnier

14.05.2016: Troyes AC 3-0 Olympique de Marseille
33: H. Bienvenu
62: S. Mandanda
75: F. Camus

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MANAGER'S THOUGHTS

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In terms of a review of May, I said last month that it was imperative that we secured the three points that we needed to, to qualify for the Champions League and we have done that so objective achieved. Obviously we are very happy with the thrashing of Reims, we did brilliantly to turn it around after going a goal down, and to go and score five in the process was brilliant, especially after the poor run of form we had in front of goal before the game against Reims. The Troyes result though was strange. We had so many chances to score and just didn’t take any of them, whilst they seemed to take a lot of them and as evidenced by the scoreline put us to the sword and they did it well. Next season, hopefully we can improve on that away form, and keep our home form the way it has been and we should be in for another successful season.


I really like your update style, great work!

I am about to start a save in France, I really don't understand the competitions outside the Ligue 1, any advice on this or anything else I would appreciate.
Thanks mate, glad you're enjoying it!

Yeah its a little bit complicating, and it really depends on what level/team you're going to start with as to when you enter the competitions?

I won't lie, its quite a difficult country to manage in because of the financial might of PSG, so they're the favourites for everything. So for that just be patient and the chance will come, it might just take some time. Because of the strength of PSG and the relative weakness of the other teams it means that opportunities are quite available if you play your cards right.
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BORUSSIA DORTMUND SEAL UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE TROPHY

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German Giants Borussia Dortmund have been crowned the 2015-2016 UEFA Europa League Champions after Marco Reus scored the only goal in a tight final in Basel. With two sides of real quality contesting the final, Dortmund struck the killer blow when Ilkay Gundogan slipped a simple pass through to Marco Reus, who was on hand to slot the ball past the PSG goalkeeper to make it 1-0.

After such a successful season, where he scored 45 goals, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was unable to assert a real influence on the game as he missed several important chances. On the night then, the French Double winners were unable to claw back the deficit and their chances of winning a treble this season were ended by Thomas Tuchel’s impressive and hard working side.


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COUPE DE FRANCE FINAL: OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE VS. STADE RENNAIS PRE-MATCH

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Saturday 21st May, 20:00 Hours

Banyard: ”Welcome to the Stade de France for today’s Coupe de France Final. My name’s Steve Banyard and my co-commentator today is Tony Cascarino. Tony, two teams who you can’t say don’t deserve to be here, but which one do you think will be victorious here today?”

Cascarino: ”Honestly I think its hard to call. If Marseille play as well as they can do today then they can win this final with ease, but if they play like they did against Troyes last weekend then it’s a different story. But whatever happens, let’s just hope it’s a very good game.”

Banyard: ”Yes, we’re all hoping for a quality game. Now without further ado let’s take a look at the two teams that will contest the final of the 2015-2016 Coupe de France. Let’s start with Olympique de Marseille.

TEAM PREVIEWS


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Cascarino: ”They’ve had a very good season haven’t they. Like Rennes though their form has taken a bit of a nose dive off of a cliff, and they looked vulnerable in their last couple of wins. If they can play like they did against Stade de Reims, with the wingers putting palls in the box, and the full backs sending their wingers to the by-line then they are my favourites for this game, because with the quality they have going forward, they have a very good side, and personally I think it might be a little too much for Stade Rennais to deal with.”

Banyard: ”Now what about Rennais, Tony?”

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Cascarino: ”What’s happened with Rennes is interesting. They were in really good form at one point and during the first half of the season we’re looking really likely to qualify for European football, but their form has dropped off quite a bit lately. Paul-Georges Ntep has been fantastic for them, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they sold him in the summer because he has been brilliant, and if they lose here, and don’t have European football next season it might be hard to keep hold of him, which would be a massive loss.”

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The Stade de France, the venue for today’s Coupe de France Final is expected to be at it’s full capacity of 79,000 for the match between Stade de Rennais and Olympique de Marseille.

Banyard: ”Okay well those are the two teams then, Stade Rennais and Olympique de Marseille. There is not long left till the game kicks off now, and with the Stade de France expected to be a complete sell out, the stadium is beginning to fill and the atmosphere is beginning to liven here in Saint-Denis. We’ll bring you team news, but before that, let’s bring you what the Managers and Captains of the two teams had to say ahead of the game in yesterday’s news conferences.”

PRESS CONFERENCES

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Christophe Galtier: ”We know the pressure we are under as favourites, but we’ve been favourite for a lot of games all season, and most of the time we have dealt with it well, and secured the victory. We might not have been brilliant in the last couple of games but we’ve still achieved what we wanted to do, both in reaching this final, and finishing third in the league. Winning this trophy would be the icing on the cake for the club and for me.”

Steve Mandanda: ”Don’t get me wrong, everyone in this squad will be the first people to admit that perhaps we weren’t fantastic against Lille, but we did what we needed to do and we’re here. I’ll also be the first to admit that I’ve not had the best of seasons, but the manager has had faith in me and hopefully I’ll be able to repay him out there in the Final, and with any luck be lifting that famous trophy above my head at full time. The fans have been brilliant for us all season, so for them to see us lift a trophy in the first season under the new manager would be brilliant.”

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Philippe Montanier: ”We are absolutely ready for this game. Training has been fantastic and I am confident we can bring back the Coupe de France trophy. Marseille are a fantastic side that have had a terrific season but after the success we’ve had this season we believe we’ll be coming back with this trophy, and that’s the key, having the self-belief to bring it home. If we can play our game then there is no reason why we can’t snatch a goal or two and then go from there.”

Romain Danze: ”The lads are feeling great, we’re confident and the manager’s been drilling us all week about remaining confident and telling us what winning this trophy would mean. Obviously it’s been a long time since either club has won this trophy, almost 50 years for Stade Rennais, so for this group of players to bring home the trophy after the club’s highest finish for 4 years would make this season a massive success. We just want to get out there now, play our game and with any luck, finish the game as winners.”


TEAM NEWS

Banyard: ”Well there you have it then, the views of the managers and captains of both Stade Rennais and Olympique de Marseille. During that segment, we have received the line ups for the final then with both teams naming strong teams.”

Banyard: ”Olympique de Marseille manager Christophe Galtier, seeking his first trophy in charge of Marseille, makes only 3 changes to the XI that lost 3-0 at Troyes last weekend. Steve Mandanda, as predicted starts in goal. Javi Manquillo is fit again so Dennis Appiah is dropped to the bench in favour of the Spaniard. Rolando wasn’t considered match fit so he starts the game on the bench meaning Marseille’s starting central defensive pair is Loic Perrin and Karim Rekik, with Benjamin Mendy starting at left back. In midfield Alaixys Romao and Lucas Silva retain their places, whilst Abdelaziz Barrada is suspended after being booked against Troyes so Abou Diaby returns to the starting eleven. After Romain Alessandrini picked up an injury in training yesterday he misses the game completely so Georges-Kevin Nkoudou will have to step up, with him starting at left wing, with Lucas Ocampos on the right. Emmanuel Adebayor is dropped to the bench in place of Michy Batshuayi. Yohann Pele, Marvin Martin, Paolo De Ceglie and youngster Jeremie Porsan-Clemente start the game on the bench for L’OM.”

Banyard: ”Philippe Montanier then has made 5 changes to the XI that beat SC Bastia in their final Ligue 1 game of the season last weekend. In defence Pedro Mendes is dropped entirely from the match day squad in favour of Mexer, whilst Cheik M’Bengue has been moved inside to a central defensive role, to make way for Ludovic Baal meaning that Sylvain Armand starts the game on the substitutes bench. In midfield Tomas Pina who has had a great impact since signing from Villarreal in January remains in the holding midfield role whilst Benjamin Andre is moved over to the left of Rennais’ central midfield pairing as Gelson Fernandes slots in next to him, whilst Juan Fernando Quintero starts the game out on the left flank opposite the returning Paul-Georges Ntep, who replaces Kamil Grosicki who drops to the bench. Up front Sandro starts as the lone striker.

Banyard: ”There you have the team news then folks, there is just one last thing to do before the game kicks off and that is to take a look at the Sky Bet prediction for this final. Tony, what do you make of this?”


Cascarino: ”I think they’ve got it about right. Marseille are the obvious favourites, just because of where they’ve finished in Ligue 1 this season, and the squad they have, but Stade Rennais’ chances are reflected well, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this game went all the way to extra time and penalties. As for the key men, Sky Bet have stated that both right backs will be the key men, and they’ve got that nearly spot on too. Javi Manquillo has developed incredibly well this season, and has contributed greatly to both attack and defence when he’s played for Marseille. Romain Danze, is Rennes’ captain and a fantastic defender, a player that they all look up to at that club, and he could well inspire Rennes to the victory tonight.”

Banyard: ”Okay then, that is that! All we have to do now is switch to this short ad break, and then kick-off will be upon us, don’t go anywhere, we’ll see you soon!”


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