The Marseille Villas-Boas beat Saint-Étienne by the minimum

Those of Villas-Boas add the second victory of the season to a direct rival thanks to a good goal from Benedetto.


The two victories of the Olympique de Marseille de André Villas-Boas have been identical. Today, he doubled to Saint-Étienne, a team that last season finished ahead of OM and is a direct rival for accessing European positions . He decided on a great goal from Benedetto, who is the only OM player who has scored in the present Ligue 1.

Little by little the Villas-Boas OM is being engaged. It is a team that does not propose much football and that bases its game on being fast in the rival field. The pragmatism that the Portuguese coach has installed has allowed him to gain solidity with respect to last season and determination in the final meters. Before Saint-Étienne, Villas-Boas repeated the 4-3-3 he had won on Tuesday in Nice and the result was the same. 444444

Saint-Étienne is one of the teams that had better reinforced in the market. But the truth is that "Les Verts" have two versions in Ligue 1. One to play against opponents of the lower zone of the classification and another when facing a direct rival. Last season he only added 3 points of 24 to the top five classifieds and this year he has already lost to Lille and to OM, again showing a shy version that seems to affect the entity on a psychological level. Despite the fact that Printant placed three centrals to look for amplitude on the outside, the lack of a goal was again decisive. 222222

OM did not dominate the game. In fact, he tried to get the ball played several times, but the pragmatism that reigns in the team has been enhanced as a virtue. Benedetto was the best in the first half, leaving the area and looking to draw walls with Sarr on the right to get the site centrals. Precisely in a spectacular heel of the former Boca to enable Sarr in the race came the goal of OM. Benedetto arrived in the second line and took advantage of a good service from the end at the first touch. It is the second goal scored by the Argentine in Ligue 1, adding 100% of OM's goals this season. 444444

With 1-0 on the scoreboard, OM gave the ball to Saint-Étienne. Those of Printant sought with Sergi Palencia and Trauco depth so that, inside, Khazri and Boudebouz could receive. The good individual marking of Strootman to the former Betis completely mowed the interior receptions of the Saint-Étienne. All the arrivals occurred in band, but Beric, who played today as a reference, barely intimidated an Álvaro González who has won the title with three games in which OM has not conceded a goal with the center in the field. 222222

Second part had hardly any occasions. Saint-Étienne continued to dominate with the ball, but with excessive shyness that prevented him from reaching the goal of Mandanda. The Spanish Sergi Palencia had to be replaced after a very dangerous entry from Amavi, who incomprehensibly did not see the red one after the referee consulting with the VAR how serious it is. Not even with Bouanga and Youssouf in the field did the Saint-Étienne improve in attack. Pragmatic victory of the OM that places them to two points of the leadership when the expectations that were with the team were lower before beginning the season

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