OM returned to the Champions League on Wednesday in Tottenham’s garden. In this prestigious match, Igor Theodor had to do without stopping Alexis Sanchez or Dimitri Payet, who were physically fair, and therefore began to play on the bench. As a result, the attacking trio consisted of Gerson, Guendouzi and Luis Suarez, while Ronger and Veritot started in the midfield. We also note the return of Samuel Gigot in defense with Eric Bailly and Chancel Mbemba. The Spurs side is a classic with Harry Kane, Hong Min Soon and Richarlison at the fore. Very quickly, in this match, Marseille showed that they were not there to make up the numbers. Up high on the pitch, Igor Tudor’s men hampered Spurs’ recovery with heavy pressure. In the lanes, Nuno Tavares and Jonathan Klaus continued the show without being exact on the positions. In duels, Marseille was the best. Then Tottenham advanced against him and Harry Kane got a small chance (41). Nothing else to report in this first act except for this dangerous blow from Guendouzi that was blocked by Lloris (45+2).
So the first period was encouraging for Marseille. But upon returning from the locker room, everything changed. A foul by an uncontrolled tackle from Chancel Mbemba while Son went alone on goal. As a result, the referee did not hesitate and expelled the Congolese international (47). A blow to OM who thus had to resist numerical inferiority for more than 45 minutes. During the second period, Marseille repelled the attacks of Spurs. At 11 vs 10, the Antonio Conte squad didn’t shine for all that and was sorely lacking in inspiration in the offensive stages. Harry Kane and Son were very humble, Richarlison didn’t make any difference and Spurs didn’t create any serious chances. Which obviously fit OM, who kept holding on to a valuable point. But due to the suffering, Marseille ended up leaving many spaces on the surface. And on a cross from Perisic, only Richarlison put his header to open the scoring (1-0, 76). The Brazilian even gave himself a double a few minutes later. Again from the head (2-0, 80) to take the win for his team. So OM started their European campaign with defeat despite a convincing face at 11 to 11. They will have to catch up fast against Frankfurt in a week.