OM: the awakening of Gerson against Auxerre

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OM: the awakening of Gerson against Auxerre

Jean-Marc Furlan and his assistants had warned their players: the square of midfielders at OM was unprecedented in Ligue 1 in its layout and way of playing. And the danger often came from these two duos placed in the axis, a first defensive tandem and another more creative.

Despite these warnings and some video revisions, the Auxerrois had a quick glimpse of what this device could give: a ball in depth for Ünder, a strike from the Turkish international on the post and a victorious recovery from Gerson (8th ) for the opener. Back in the starting lineup, in the absence of Dimitri Payet, forfeited, the Brazilian regained his place after ankle pain forced him to rest at the end of August. After a very average start to the Championship, the midfielder scored his first goal of the season and showed, above all, at times, some of the qualities revealed in recent months.

Fiercer competition this season

With his technical ease, his body play and his ability to get in the direction of the goal, he was one of the most dangerous Marseille players against Auxerre yesterday. He also obtained other opportunities, such as this full axis breakthrough where Costil remained standing (13th), or this shot from a closed angle diverted by the Auxerre goalkeeper (18th). He faded a little in the second period, like his teammates, before being called back to the bench by Igor Tudor. Gerson took long seconds to join him, ostensibly nodding his head, visibly frustrated at having to give way to Mattéo Guendouzi from the hour mark.

The Brazilian is a diesel, he showed it last season, who needs to chain matches and play to perform. But the competition is even fiercer this season in its sector of play and the matches are linked every three days too, with this unprecedented calendar linked to the World Cup, which begins next November. This frustration when he left the field is not a first, and he had already shown his dissatisfaction with Jorge Sampaoli a few times in the past. After the Luis Suarez episode, furious at not having come into play against Clermont (1-0), Wednesday, Tudor did not raise this gesture of mood, again. He knows how frustrating players are in these moments and he also knows he will need Gerson, one of his most creative players, when the Champions League kicks off at Tottenham on Wednesday night. .

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