Disappointing against Nîmes on Saturday afternoon (1-2), Florian Thauvin and Dimitri Payet could retain the confidence of André Villas-Boas against Lens this Wednesday evening in a late match of the 9th day.
To believe Provence, the two men will start against the Sang et Or, one in the left lane and the other on the right wing to accompany Morgan Sanson and Dario Benedetto in attack. Although disappointing against the Crocos de Nîmes four days ago, the two executives of André Villas-Boas retain, at least publicly, the confidence of the Portuguese coach. The former manager of FC Porto and Tottenham is well aware that the salvation of OM requires the return to their best level of Reunion and the former Bastiais.
André Villas-Boas especially wants to avoid a deep crisis in the locker room, if he ever places Florian Thauvin or Dimitri Payet on the bench against Lens. Because according to a source close to the Olympian locker room, the two men are very susceptible. “The problem is always the same: you have to manage Payet and Thauvin” slips this source to La Provence, before the journalist Alexandre Jacquin abounds. “The first is Marseillais for life, under contract until 2024 but drags a caravan on the green rectangle. The second is at the end of the lease in June and is only a shadow of itself. He thinks he deserves better treatment from his leaders, given everything he has accomplished at OM since 2013, which is understandable. We are in any case a long way from sport and the Olympic state of mind ” regrets the Marseille journalist, who is awaiting an awakening of the two men supposed to be strong at Olympique de Marseille this Wednesday against RC Lens, a tough opponent who will not land at the Vélodrome as an expiatory victim.