Coming into play during OM’s fourth preparatory match against Braga this Wednesday evening (1-1), Mattéo Guendouzi, William Saliba and Luan Peres played their first minutes in the Olympian jersey.
It was the main attraction of the evening for OM supporters. In a preparation match not always exciting against Braga (1-1), especially in the first period when Marseille did not attempt anything (0 shooting), all eyes were fixed on the new Olympians. If Cengiz Ünder, for his first tenure, did not really have the opportunity to speak, and while Gerson seemed – like many of his teammates – physically exhausted, Mattéo Guendouzi, William Saliba and Luan Peres played their first minutes in their new jersey.
Three entries that coincided with a resurgence of OM
It was the last one who entered the game first, replacing Jordan Amavi on the left side after the break. A position not necessarily tailor-made for the Brazilian and his 1.90m, more used to the games of the head in central defense. Still, 27-year-old Luan Peres has been clean and serene in his hallway. Promising and interesting for Sampaoli who saw the skills of his new colt, recruited against 4.5 million euros from Santos, outside his comfort zone.
The other two only had 20 minutes to really speak. However, Mattéo Guendouzi has already (a little) marked the spirits. The player loaned by Arsenal showed his qualities as a fighter in the midfield and his big temper, especially during a big foul committed by a Portuguese player on Bamba Dieng. But above all he allowed all his technical qualities to filter through with two small bridges which mystified his opponents. While Pape Gueye stuck out his tongue on Wednesday, the entry full of freshness from the former Lorientais gave a glimpse of what Guendouzi could bring, in particular in a role of sentry in front of the defense.
Regarding William Saliba, he had little or nothing to do. In a higher block and while OM had more the ball in the second act, the former central defender of ASSE assured, cut the transmissions when necessary. Nothing flamboyant but not a bad choice either. His agreement with Duje Caleta-Car seemed to work well, the Portuguese no longer showing themselves to be dangerous at the end of the match. When Leonardo Balerdi missed almost everything in the first half, reassured him. Already a good positive point for the Olympian defense.