Two Ligue 1 games, two wins. And each with late goals.
Jorge Sampaoli’s tenure at Marseille has begun in keen fashion with revitalised players adhering to his audacious form of play.
The three-1 victory against Brest on Saturday offers upset Marseille fans some optimism in a very sophisticated season where the old coach resigned, the club’s training advanced was smashed up by disgruntled fans, and an unpopular president was replaced.
Brest, who sit 13th, appeared to have salvaged a draw after equalising with 20 minutes left.
Nonetheless winger Florian Thauvin pounced on a sinful from the left and accomplished neatly in the 87th minute, then sprinted to the touchline, grabbing the used Argentina boss Sampaoli’s bald head in wild celebration.
Three minutes later, another sinful came from the left and Michael Cuisance volleyed home superbly – after netting an 87th-minute winner against Rennes on Wednesday.
Cuisance joined on loan from Bayern Munich then misplaced his place and his confidence beneath used coach Andre Villas-Boas, who resigned last month.
Marseille crawl up to fifth place, one point ahead of sixth-place Lens and 10 parts in the back of fourth-place Monaco.
Sampaoli has 9 games left to gain Marseille into the Europa League, and crucially his attacking players appear to be fired up for the challenge.
Ragged France playmaker Dimitri Payet is exhibiting glimpses of his passe create, and he combined neatly to space up imposing striker Arkadiusz Milik’s expertly taken goal on the stroke of halftime.
“It is encouraging for the future. Nonetheless we have to support working, we didn’t play as neatly as we wanted to in the first half,” Payet said.
“The coach wants us to attack with out pondering about losing the ball, and it leads to this form of match.”
Wretched defending has been haunting Marseille all season, nonetheless, and will need to be sorted out.
Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda watched helplessly as his defenders failed to deal with a free kick curled from the lawful of the penalty area to the back post, where the unmarked defender Lilian Brassier headed home in the 70th minute.
Meanwhile, Saint-Etienne recorded a mighty-wanted 1-0 maintain at mid-table Angers to beef up their grip on 16th place and give themselves some breathing space from the relegation zone.
Winger Whabi Khazri is back in the facet and he curled home the profitable goal in the 53rd minute.