OM can thank Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Author of its least successful performance under the orders of Jean-Louis Gasset on Sunday against FC Nantes (2-0), the Marseille club owes its salvation to the double of its Gabonese striker. First opportunistic to open the score, then effective at the conclusion of a well-executed counterattack. A second goal which completely relieved the Marseillais, who had been suffering for a long time in the second half. Frustrated by his team’s decline, the 34-year-old did not hesitate to speak up to wake up his teammates. He played his executive role perfectly, in actions or in words.

One of the other symbols of Marseille’s renewal. In line with her last outings, Ismaïla Sarr once again delivered a great performance. The Senegalese international, author of a lot of work on Aubameyang’s opener, hurt Nantes very badly in the first half, his accelerations wreaking havoc in the right lane. Without the same pep after returning from the locker room, he no longer had the same impact, but he had the merit of recovering the ball at the start of the action for the second goal.

Expected to play the right-back position in the absence of Clauss, Chancel Mbemba finally played as a central hinge, alongside Balerdi. The Congolese international remained solid in the post, including during FCN’s highlights in the second half. Solid in duels, the former Porto player was able to annihilate several dangerous situations in the area. Impeccable.


For this perilous trip to the Vélodrome, Jocelyn Gourvennec decided to leave Pallois on the bench and to establish Eray Cömert at the heart of his three-way central defense. A choice that didn’t really pay off, with the Swiss being responsible for both Marseille goals. After hindering Lafont on the opening score, his poor placement allowed Aubameyang not to be offside and to double the lead at the end of the match. This excitement cost the Canaries dearly.

Bad evening for Tino Kadewere. Preferred over Mohamed at kick-off, the former Lyonnais did not exist on the pitch at the Vélodrome. His discretion contrasted with the incessant activity of Simon at his side in attack. Never dangerous, he logically gave up his place on the hour mark, while Nantes had taken control of the proceedings and were pushing to catch up.