Deprived of Hiroki Sakai and Duje Caleta-Car, Jorge Sampaoli will again rely on a three-way defense this Friday for OM’s trip to Reims (9 p.m.) in Ligue 1.
In the advanced match of the 34th day of Ligue 1, the Stade de Reims host the Olympique de Marseille, this Friday at 9 p.m. The Phocéens will be keen to continue their positive dynamic, with seven points taken in three games and a precious success in Lorient (3-2) on Saturday. In search of continuity, Jorge Sampaoli will once again rely on a three-way defense.
The absence of Hiroki Sakai (injured) and Duje Caleta-Car (suspended) and the return of Alvaro Gonzalez nevertheless forced the Argentine to make changes compared to the team that had beaten Lorient (3-2 ) Saturday. The Olympian coach will rely on his trio of central Perrin-Gonzalez-Balerdi, while Kamara will evolve a notch higher, in the midfield.
In terms of offensive animation, Sampaoli renews its confidence in the association between Arkadiusz Milik, Dimitri Payet and Florent Thauvin, a little back again. “Flo (Thauvin) is coming out of a somewhat difficult year, he suffered a fairly serious injury which meant that he played little,” said his coach, when asked about his striker’s extension at a press conference. We hope that he will continue with the project, from a purely sporting point of view. “
Thauvin’s placement scrutinized
Against Lorient, the coach had groped his position, placing Thauvin “rather on the left” and leaving Pol Lirola “without connection”. A “positioning error”, by his own admission, which he will want to correct at the Auguste Delaune stadium to continue his quest for a European place. For his part, Dario Benedetto, who is still considering a return to Boca Juniors, will start on the bench.
On the Reims side, David Guion will be able to count on the returns of Wout Faes and Moreto Cassama from suspension. They both find their place in the starting XI. In case of victory at home, Reims would get closer to its objective, assumed by Faes at a press conference on Wednesday: to win the “four-way match with Metz, Nice and Angers” to ensure “a top 10”.
The composition of Reims: Rajkovic – Foket, Faes, Abdelhamid, Doucouré – Lopy, Cassama, Chavalerin – Mbuku, Dia, Touré.
The composition of OM: Mandanda – Balerdi, Gonzalez, Perrin – Lirola, Thauvin, Kamara, Gueye, Nagatomo – Payet, Milik.