Clauss more than perfect, Valéry in great pain

The colossal match of Jonathan Clauss, a decisive Luis Suarez but also a faulty Yan Valéry… The tops and flops after OM’s success in Angers (0-3).


Jonathan Clauss did it all to them

He was said to be blunt after a thunderous start to the season during which he chained matches one after the other at OM but also in the France team. The former Lensois responded brilliantly this Friday on the lawn of Angers. Aligned with an unusual post of left piston in the absence of Nuno Tavares, the tricolor international showed an unsuspected ease with his left foot. Especially on the opener where his cross shot leaves Yahia Fofana no chance. In the second half, he delivered two assists for Luis Suarez and Gerson, letting his vision of the game express itself. With one goal and four offers this season, he is quite simply the most decisive Marseillais in the squad.

Luis Suarez on relaunch

Not always very comfortable since the start of the season, the Colombian striker did not succeed in everything this Friday on the lawn of Raymond-Kopa. However, he constantly weighed on the Angevin rearguard and was able to realize one of his chances on a very good service from Clauss. A clear, unstoppable right foot shot for Fofana. Previously, it was he who launched Jonathan Clauss in depth for the opener, after a nice sequence with his back to the game. If he is not yet at the same level as Luis Suarez the Uruguayan, he replied, in part, to critics this Friday.

Leonardo Balerdi, serene and intractable

Difficult to know precisely what to expect with the Argentine defender. Capable of the best and the worst, the former Boca Juniors player had a good night on the SCO lawn. Rarely caught short, he was able, with a few exceptions, to raise properly. With no less than seven recovered balls, he kept OM afloat when the boat was rocking in the middle of the first period. A successful performance that should now be repeated on a more regular basis.


Yan Valéry, in difficulty and at fault

Despite some good climbs on his right lane, especially in the first period, he suffered overall against the Jonathan Clauss of the big nights. He was taken on by the latter on the first goal before returning the ball directly to him on the second, missing his pass to Sofiane Boufal. With the trifle of 13 balls lost, the former Southampton did not really help his team this Friday evening.

Abdallah Sima, too tender

The young Senegalese was lined up at the forefront of Gérald Baticle’s 4-2-3-1 to replace Loïs Diony, injured and out for many months. But the attacker never knew how to stand out in this part. Often beaten in the duels, he did not really carry the danger in front of the goals of Pau Lopez. He only touched 15 balls in 67 minutes spent on the field. At only 21 years old, the former Stoke City still has time to learn but the high level is often intractable.

Miha Blazic, inattentive

The Slovenian defender is at fault on Luis Suarez’s second goal, leaving the Colombian completely free at the far post. Just after Gerson’s goal, he misses his intervention in the big widths and lets the Brazilian escape on the left wing. An action very close to offering Kaboré his first goal in his new colors. A very delicate match for the former Ferencvaros.


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