The success in Nantes (0-1) on Wednesday evening confirmed the impression left since the start of the season: OM are playing better without Arkadiusz Milik.
“I prefer this victory against Nantes, I hope it will be a starting point for our project. “ Jorge Sampaoli dropped this little sentence on Friday at a press conference. The Argentine coach was invited to comment on his team’s two recent successes against Troyes and La Beaujoire, and it is obvious that the latest, on the Canaries’ field, is the most promising.
Dominators from start to finish, the Phocaeans have had one of their best matches for a long time. With Dimitri Payet in false n ° 9, they displayed a great mastery, which recalls the going which was that of theOM at the start of the season … when Arkadiusz Milik was absent. This raises the question. Would the Olympians be better without their star striker?
Milik in need of preparation?
Excellent during his first months in Marseille, last season, the Pole is less inspired and less efficient since the resumption. His record is 4 goals in 12 matches, including a double for nothing in Galatasaray, a penalty against Lazio, and a single goal in Ligue 1, which dates back to October 17, against Lorient. It’s rather weak, but Sampaoli made a point of recalling that his player was returning from a major knee injury which sidelined him between May and the end of September.
“When Payet plays a false number nine, it helps all the offensive volume because we settle more in the opposing camp, commented the Argentine coach. For Milik, his absence during the preparation made him lose this continuity in the collective development of the team. We must try to make him find that again so as not to lose it in the game when we play with a pure nine. ” It would be much easier to manage …