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Olympique De Marseille - The Resurrection

Started on 2 September 2017 by chrisball712
Latest Reply on 9 September 2017 by chrisball712
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2017-09-04 20:42#246180 mgriffin2012 : Stephens is a peculiar signing but sure you know what you're doing, some good results too!

Stephens stats so far.... Not too shabby ;-)

I searched for a good box to box midfielder who had all round decent stats and wasn't going to cost me the earth. He fits that bill perfectly and is doing a solid job for me so far :-)
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Olympique Marseille eased past Ligue 2 side ESTAC Troyes today in the 3rd round of the Coupe de la Ligue, with a comfortable 3-0 victory.

Marseille were the better team throughout the match and should of been in front within 5 minutes after striker Sam Vokes was put through on goal from midfield to find himself one on one with Troyes goalkeeper Yehvann Diouf. However, Vokes was only able to find the outside of the post as he passed the ball aimed towards the corner of the net.

Marseille manager Chris Ball decided to rest a few of his first team regulars to give playing time to some of his squad players and at times the team looked slightly disjointed, as it took Marseille 68 minutes to finally break the deadlock.

The first goal came from Bafetimbi Gomis, recently returned from injury. The ball played over the top of the Troyes defence by midefielder Dale Stephens was expertly controlled by Sam Vokes, who unselfishly passed to his strike partner to score into an open goal after the Troyes goalkeeper came rushing out.

Vokes then bagged his first competitive goal for Marseille since joining for more than £11 million in the Summer with a very similar goal to the one he had set up for Gomis earlier on. Vokes bagged his second goal only a minute later to wrap up the game for Marseille as substitute Leya Iseka raced down the right wing, before crossing to an unmarked Vokes inside the box who coolly slotted past the goalkeeper with a first time strike.

Marseille looked comfortable in a game that they were heavy favourites to win. Manager Chris Ball was asked after the game if he felt his team could win the competition, to which he responded "All the time we are in it, we have as good a chance as anyone. I'm pleased to say that we played very well today with a number of our squad players getting an opportunity to come in and show what they can offer. We're glad to be in the draw for the next round".

Some good work and good results and second is a good achievement just got to build on it now and push for a CL return
2017-09-06 19:38#246214 mgriffin2012 : Some good work and good results and second is a good achievement just got to build on it now and push for a CL return

I'm not sure over the course of the whole season that CL qualification is within our reach....but I'd take a return to Europe through the Europa in our first season :-)
Second place! Not bad at all considering AS Monaco and PSG are super strong. Going strong.

Olympique Marseille crashed out of the Coupe de la Ligue in the 4th round at the hands of a fighting SC Bastia team.

Marseille manager Chris Ball made a number of changes for the cup game that Marseille were expecting to win, and it seems to have backfired. Marseille were poor throughout, looking incompetent in defence, and unable to take a number of clear cut chances going forward.

Goalkeeper Brice Samba, Patrice Evra, Rolando, Cabella, Thauvin and Vokes were all rested for the away trip to Bastia and Ball may well be regretting the decision to rest so many key players in one game.

Although Marseille did have majority of the possession (61%), they never really did anything significant with it, as a well organised Bastia side caught them twice on the counter attack to seal a 2-0 victory.

After the game, an angry looking Chris Ball headed straight down the tunnel and refused comment. But there was plenty of noise coming from the Marseille dressing room where Ball could be heard laying into his underperforming team. The players emerged after more than an hour looking sorry for themselves and it will be interesting to see how they bounce back from this against Bordeaux on Saturday.

Round 4 of the competition also saw the shock exits of holders PSG and AS Monaco.

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