“Continue in the positive”: after OM’s victory in the Europa League, Jean-Louis Gasset expected to turn the corner in Ligue 1

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This Sunday evening, OM host Montpellier in Ligue 1. A first championship match for the new coach, Jean-Louis Gasset, who arrived in Canebière this week. If he managed to qualify his team for the round of 16 of the Europa League, the situation could be more complex in Ligue 1, where OM have not won since December.

The baptism of fire for Jean-Louis Gasset. This Sunday evening, at 8:45 p.m., Olympique de Marseille hosts Montpellier for the last match of the 23rd day of Ligue 1. This will be the first match in the league for the new coach. If he managed to qualify his team for the round of 16 of the Europa League, it’s another pair of rounds in the championship. Gasset recovers a team which has not won since the end of December in Ligue 1.

Applause instead of bronca. It’s been a long time and it feels good. Especially to the Olympians, like Bamo Meïté. “Reconnecting with the public is a step we are taking. We had to show our public that the atmosphere was crazy. We know we still have work to do. Now we are staying focused.”

A “Gasset effect”?

Arriving at the OM bedside 48 hours earlier, Doctor Gasset delivered a first rather effective prescription. “Being much simpler, getting back to the fundamentals. It was more a question of state of mind and confidence above all. But each player had to do a little more. It wasn’t difficult.”

But to talk about the “Gasset effect”, it is perhaps still a little early, concedes defender Quentin Merlin. “It’s only been three days since he arrived, so we did simple things. We did a fairly simple tactic, things that everyone knows. So afterward we’ll see. But it’s certain that the beginning is positive. But now we must continue in the positive.”

It is indeed the time to confirm in the championship this evening at home with the reception of Montpellier.

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