Stade de Reims – Olympique de Marseille: Aubameyang, the danger identified

Stade de Reims – Olympique de Marseille: Aubameyang, the danger identified
Stade de Reims – Olympique de Marseille: Aubameyang, the danger identified

His figures are a reference: 333 goals scored in 653 club matches. That is almost 51% success for a player who did not take a straight path during a career full of surprises, rich in emotions, and definitely confusing.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who also has the particularity of having three nationalities – Gabonese, French and Spanish – performed as well at Borussia Dortmund (2013-2018), at Arsenal (2018-2022), as he struggled at Barcelona and Chelsea (2022-2023). Marseille, which had the hollow nose to lure him into its cauldron in order to remedy the departure of Alexis Sanchez, does not seem to regret its summer choice, reinforced by the concrete record of its attacking leader (29 goals in 49 matches ).

Physically diminished

Physically weakened (loss of consciousness, vomiting, diarrhea) since the semi-final return of the Europa League in Bergamo, the performance of “Aubam” this Wednesday at the Delaune stadium should be affected. At a time when his team is embarking on the final sprint of a failed season, the presence of the author of a double on Sunday against Lorient proves more than essential.

Recent history shows that Marseille’s scorers have always performed well in Champagne. The five victories won in eight performances in their lair by the contemporary heirs of the great Stade de Reims were thanks to the talent and success of the Marseille offensive team.

We will try to keep him out of the finishing zone as often as possible.”

Samba DiawaraCoach of Stade de Reims

In Reims, OM have always fielded dangerous attackers. In the 1950s, the Swede Gunnar Andersson was the nightmare of all defenses in France. Twenty years later, brilliant duos took over: Skoblar – Magnusson, Paulo Cesar – Jairzinho, Boubacar – Yazalde, Six – Berdoll…

Delaune will have missed Papin, Allofs, Boksic, Völler, Cascarino, Cissé, Niang, Drogba but in his modern period, will still have appreciated Gignac, Payet, Thauvin, Batshuayi, Balotelli, Milik, Sanchez.

It is therefore the turn of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for the third performance of his career at the Auguste-Delaune stadium, to take over. The previous two times

, the best player in the history of Gabonese football had scored. Will the Stadists succeed in making the proverb lie? Asked about the danger posed by such a player, Reims coach Samba Diawara revealed nothing. “ Aubameyang is one of OM’s strong individuals, but we do not have a specific plan for him. We know that he is the predominant element of this team, we will try to keep him out of the finishing zone as often as possible. But it is the OM team as a whole that will have to be countered

“. 2008-2009 (Ligue 2), Reims – Dijon 1-4, goal at 85e minute 2012-2013 (Ligue 1), Reims – Saint-Etienne 1-1, goal in the 10th

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