Pau Lopez is not a phenomenon



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    Pau Lopez (4/10)

    Jorge Sampaoli wanted to see his Spanish goalkeeper for a second time before Steve Mandanda’s possible return in goal. It is fixed. Lopez had little or nothing to do, but he was badly placed on a strike from Smolov who hit the post (31st) and let out a long shot from Kerk for the equalizer (89th). In difficulty with the ball at the foot. Very disturbing. What if it was a recruitment error on the part of Pablo Longoria?

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    Matteo Guendouzi (7)

    Another huge performance from the midfielder on loan from Arsenal. In pressing as in his ball returns, he played with crazy intensity and even demonstrated lucidity once he arrived in the opponent’s area. He must be decisive now. A good connection with Ünder on the right side of the field, as on the action of the penalty.

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    Cengiz Under (7)

    Already scorer of 3 goals in Ligue 1, the Turkish left-hander opened his counter in the Europa League by transforming the 1-0 penalty that he himself obtained (59th). Well off the right side, waiting to be hit, he had already created opportunities in the first period. He continued to strike at the end of the game. His offensive teammates were not all of the same level.

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    Valentin Rongier (6.5)

    He too achieved a remarkable performance, with anger in the recovery and especially an intelligence of play to put forward. His calm does a lot of good in Olympique de Marseille’s possession game. However, he spoiled his performance on the equalizer in the 89th minute, since it was he who lost the ball in front of his surface. Pity !

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    Boubacar Kamara (6)

    Quite radiant in the first period in number 6 with many recovered balls. In this role (and without having to retreat from the right side), he clearly won his place at the expense of Pape Gueye, far too tender when he came into play. He slackened in pace during the second half.

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    Gerson (5)

    Good and not so good for Olympique de Marseille’s most expensive recruit. Technically, he is impeccable and knows how to keep balls under pressure, but his high position, between the lines, with very little space, bothers him and does not allow him to really weigh in the game of his team. He has not yet adapted to the Sampaoli system.

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    Amine Harit (4,5)

    Again in false 9, to constantly win, he was less dangerous than against Monaco. The former Nantes player has an above average technical quality but, in this Olympique de Marseille, he will above all have to be efficient as much as possible.

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    Bamba Dieng (4)

    After his shattering double at Louis-II, the young Senegalese was returned to the left wing. He has fire in the legs, but failed in the first success. Passed in the axis then, he clearly displayed his deficiencies in terms of positioning. He may not be ready for the top level yet.

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    Alvaro Gonzalez (4)

    Captain for a night, the experienced Spanish defender, in his style of defender who never gives up, suffered during the rare opposing attacks and even put his whole team in difficulty at times. He is too passive on the post of Smolov (31st). Not reliable in this Olympique de Marseille who plays high.

Back on the outstanding performances of Olympique de Marseille players in their frustrating draw against Lokomotiv Moscow (1-1), Thursday in Russia, in the Europa League.

Read also: Lokomotiv-Olympique de Marseille, the film of the match

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