Two unique changes compared to the winning line-up at the Parc des Princes but one big absence: the anger of the Olympians had missed the plane back from Paris on the night from Sunday to Monday. Leonardo Balerdi replaced by default Jordan Amavi (suspended) and Morgan Sanson made his return at the expense of Pape Gueye. But the bet of André Villas-Boas did not pay off for the player loaned by Dortmund, nor for Maxime Lopez’s second start in a row in attack.
Not quick enough on a ball screwed up by Duje Caleta Car (16) who almost gave Saint-Étienne a break, he also won a duel against Denis Bouanga (70) and could not do anything on the two goals of ASSE.
Much more aggressive against Neymar on Sunday than against Yvann Maçon, who had plenty of time to focus for Hamouma on the opening of the score, he demonstrates that he has mastered the recoil-brake on another opposing offensive (29). Passed to the left in stride, then replaced by Christopher Rocchia (79).
The OM defense boss didn’t have the influence he is known to have and made some unusual mistakes (15, 27).
Caleta Car (2,7/10)
Too far from Romain Hamouma on the first goal (6), the Croatian caught a cold by a double contact from Arnaud Nordin on the second (74). Apathetic, passive and left on his raises the rest of the time.
Balerdi (2.7 / 10)
Starting a right-handed central defender (ex-defensive midfielder) at left-back looked a lot like a bad idea. No surprise for the player trained at Boca Juniors, who had evolved only once in this position (with the reserve of Borussia Dortmund): he appeared very borrowed from each of his defensive interventions, first against Bouanga, then Aouchiche , because the Argentinian switched in the 30th minute with Sakai and finished the half as a right-back. Dangerous on two offensive heads (22, 41). Replaced by Bouna Sarr after the break.
Like all his partners, he was very ordinary compared to the Clasico last Sunday. A match to forget. Kevin Strootman took over (79).
Chamber (4.7 / 10)
A few useful recoveries, however, did not shine.
As much energy as awkwardness: he recovers a hot ball then achieves a good cross from the left to Thauvin (12), and does not conclude two occasions where he is lonely in the axis (23, 56). Valere Germain replaced it (71).
Thauvin (4.7 / 10)
Activity, a poorly picked up Sanson center and a failed duel in the first period. In the second half, he gave Aké a caviar (54) then saw Jessy Moulin take out an almost perfect free kick (89).
He is harvesting an opportunity to the right of the Saint-Etienne area, missing his center back towards Thauvin, in line with a half where he did not succeed. Exit at the break, in favor of Marley Aké.
Payet (4.3 / 10)
Creative at rare moments (54, 56), he did not put great intensity in his defensive folds and missed many set pieces. It’s a shame, Moulin was not particularly calm on the air trips.
If the former Messin tried to bring some pep, he is above all very late on the counter which leads to Bouanga’s second goal.
The entry of a real central striker at the break did good, but he missed a golden opportunity to open his counter in Ligue 1 by taking a cross from Thauvin on the cross (54).