OM towards a three-central defense against Atalanta in the Europa League

OM towards a three-central defense against Atalanta in the Europa League
OM towards a three-central defense against Atalanta in the Europa League

Jean-Louis Gasset has tried different animations since his arrival at OM on February 20, but the 3-5-2 is undoubtedly his preferred pattern, given the qualities of the players at his disposal. The technician tinkered for a long time depending on injuries and suspensions, and last Thursday, after the first leg and while we were replaying the action of the Atalanta goal, he regretted: “Chancel (Mbemba) has a bad knee, Murillo was uncertain… We didn’t have time to work while the three-way defense is complicity. These are the little details I was talking about. »

Sarr with Aubameyang in front?

This time, he had a week to properly prepare his battle plan and lock in his defensive animation, faltering on Gianluca Scamacca’s opener. Suspended from the first leg, captain Samuel Gigot should make his return in a three-element central hinge, alongside Chancel Mbemba and Leo Balerdi. The three men like this system, which reminds them of the good times under Igor Tudor. He also highlights two of the injured from the month of April, Quentin Merlin, on the left piston, and Jonathan Clauss, his counterpart on the right side.

Luis Henrique and Amir Murillo would return to the bench, in this optimal defensive configuration. In front of the solid midfielder Harit-Kondogbia-Veretout, who will seek to loosen the grip of Atalanta, a little mystery still shrouds the name of the associate of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, full axis. Disappointing in the use of the ball in the first leg, but interesting for his percussion qualities and the way he bothers the opposing centrals by taking space behind them, Ismaïla Sarr holds the rope to start, rather than the dribbler Iliman Ndiaye.

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