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Olympiakos 0-0 Marseille HT

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The breakthrough is only a matter of time.

I expected much better from Olympiakos...

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If Olympiakos don't win this then they can already kiss their hopes good bye. The good news is that Marseille can't buy a win right now! I saw their game vs Rennes tonight, they lost 1-0 at home.

First half: Tight and uneventful, Rennes had a couple of chances on the break, but Marseille had 1 real opportunity and it was they really should have scored from it.

Second half: Marseille were the much better team. This coincided with 2 things. 1) the intro of Gignac who looked very lively. 2.) Rennes played a higher defensive line which helped Marseille find space in behind them.

Pretty much ALL of Renne's opportunities came on the break, exposing Marseille's disorganised defensive high line. Marseille looked at their best when using their great individual physical ability (pace and power) down the flanks with Gignac as the target man in the middle. So if I was Valverde I'd place an emphasis on keeping it tight at the back for the first half. Make SURE Olympiakos deal with them phsyically and hope that they are ambitious, because if they play a high line I'd get Ibagaza on the ball and get him to search for through balls because Mirallas could find space in behind in that manner. If at half time Olympiakos aren't getting joy or if Marseille are clearly content with a draw and are keeping it tight then a plan b needs to come in to it. Either way the key is to keep it tight at the back because their defence looks very disorganised and will give up opportunities.

Pretty much everything i said here seems to be pretty accurate. Marseille's biggest threat has come from individual phsyical superioty (the header from a corner early on, and Remy out pacing Avraam before cutting in to hit the post).

At the other end Marseille's high line does look disorganised and as predicted they aren't putting pressure on the ball! And in the 9th min Olympiakos had 2 potentially dangerous through balls. One was under hit, the other was intercepted by an Olympiakos player! :blink:

Olympiakos have to press more effectively like they did in the first 20 mins and attack down Marseille's left where Morel and Traore look poor positionally speaking. It's concerning that Olympiakos' work rate has fallen in midfield. There's no pressing and they have no shape. Very disjointed and not at all impressive. Why is Fetfa not even on the bench? And are you telling me Mitroglou wouldn't get in to this team? I don't like Valverde

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Great point that I barely noticed when I posted the lineups

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GMT! Lucho Gonzalez gives Marseille the lead

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goal lucho :tdown:

to his defense it was a great finish but a result of some poor defending..first with torosidi to get beat easily down the wing then from the cbs who did not follow either runs in the box..

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The breakthrough is only a matter of time.

I expected much better from Olympiakos...

If Olympiakos keep it down to 0-1 I will be surprised.

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Djebbour IN

Yeste OUT

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What was Torosidis thinking diving in with a reverse slide tackle for the goal? :blink: Then Avraam just stood there and watched. Abysmal stuff

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... Avraam just stood there and watched.

Oh no! He must've bet against Olympiakos! :o

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Oh no! He must've bet against Olympiakos! :o

If Mellberg was responsible maybe, but with Avraam we're used to it by now :P

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Valverde just made both of his last changes

Makoun and Ibagaza IN

Fetja and Fuster OUT

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Djebbour just lost a golden opportunity to score the equalizer.

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great ball from torosidi who does his first good thing of the game..djebbour just could not finish the play...

a surprising result so far---> apoel 2 zenit 1

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Olympiakos were disjointed, had no real individual quality on display (except mellberg) and lacked a creative spark. I have no idea what people see in Valverde as a coach. Marseille were there for the taking

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I agree with Akritis. Why only 2 Greek players in the whole lineup asnd bench? Mitroglou is way better. Olympiakos continue to be a major disappointment in Europe and will be carved up in London.

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Just saw 6 min-long highlights of the match.

The goal is a well-taken one but you have to consider the RB, RCB and LCB, especially the one who I could not figure out who he was but was somersault-divetackling (!) Lucho before he hit the ball!! That was a strange piece of defending, or lack of it. :unsure:

The Olympiakos goalie did not inspire me, too. Without knowing who he was, he seems to be a typical South American goalkeeper who seems to dive but actually falls on to the spot he is based prior to diving, like Sergio Romero or our legendary GK Faryd Mondragon used to do. Is he South American?

Anyway, you won't miss Nikopolidis, will you? At least this one won't let things in like from 40 yards. :whistle:

I've never rated Djebbour even in his hot days at AEK. He is not good enough to remain in the team. And Akritis, you are spot on with your judgment. Fuster who?? :(

And where was Fetfatsidis?? Who will get the crosses in, Grigoris Georgatos??!!! :ph34r:

Olympiakos will battle with Dortmund for third place in this group, I feel, most probably losing it out.

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The Olympiakos goalie did not inspire me, too. Without knowing who he was, he seems to be a typical South American goalkeeper who seems to dive but actually falls on to the spot he is based prior to diving, like Sergio Romero or our legendary GK Faryd Mondragon used to do. Is he South American?

Franco Constanzo - he's Argentinian

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