Since his arrival in Provence, on August 9, in a place soon to be banned (the General Aviation of Marignane), the 33-year-old Chilean international Alexis Sanchez has been the number 1 solution at the forefront of Igor Tudor. With the exception of his first twenty-five minutes in L1 in Brest (1-1 on August 14), at the start of the second period, the Croatian always uses Sanchez in the center-forward position, and not in support. “Obviously Alexis will be missed by the team, we are not happy about his absence, but we have several solutions”, Tudor said on Tuesday. Plan B leads to Luis Suarez, holder for the first time in Auxerre on Saturday, and who should continue in London, despite a lackluster performance in Burgundy.
Behind him, Mattéo Guendouzi and Gerson are expected to animate the offensive sector of OM, alongside the usual pistons, Nuno Tavares and Jonathan Clauss. Cengiz Ünder and especially Dimitri Payet should start on the bench. The physical factor clearly comes into play for the Reunionese, hit in the calf last week and preserved in Auxerre.
In the central hinge, Sead Kolasinac seems favorite to support Eric Bailly, full axis, and Chancel Mbemba, on the right, the Congolese who started all the matches of L1. On this left side of the trident, and while Samuel Gigot has quietly recovered from a little quadriceps discomfort and is postulating, Kolasinac has given Tudor complete satisfaction. “He’s a fantastic player, who can play both positions (central and left piston), the coach said of the Bosnian. It is good to have this kind of profile. »