For the last three matches of their season in Ligue 1, OM will have to do without Dimitri Payet. The injury of its playmaker is a blow for a team whose second place is threatened. A puzzle now awaits Jorge Sampaoli for his compositions.
Thursday evening, the sky fell on the heads of OM supporters. In addition to the elimination of the Europa League conference against Feyenoord, it was above all the injury of Dimitri Payet which weighed down the evening of the Phocaeans. The Reunionese playmaker is the master of Jorge Sampaoli’s squad this season. Payet is involved in 22 goals for his team in the league, 12 goals and 10 assists. His absence is therefore detrimental while Marseille is fighting for the podium with Rennes and Monaco who are coming back hard on his heels. Payet’s final package affects a team that is already quantitatively very fair before the trip to Lorient on Sunday, then that to Rennes the following weekend, before the reception of Strasbourg to finish.
Payet absent, OM numbers and tactics affected
Can OM get by without Dimitri Payet? RMC Sport notably had fun making a quantified assessment of OM with and without its player. The latter has only missed six matches in all competitions. Without him, Marseille goes from 56% to 50% of victories, from 19% to 33% of defeats. The impact is real but the real problem will be how Jorge Sampaoli will compose his starting lineup for these last three matches.
Once again I will not be able to do what I love most in the world, playing football.
After having passed the last exams today, the results are reassuring but show that unfortunately I could not play again this season. Part.1 pic.twitter.com/vVzwiyIXhP
— Dimitri Payet (@dimpayet17) May 7, 2022
The Argentinian was very worried at a press conference. ” Replacing Payet is almost impossible. No other player has his game characteristics. No one. Harit can play for him, but he has different characteristics. Gerson too, but he too is different. Payet is a technical leader, who carries our game. Now, unfortunately, we have to find another solution. But without him, the whole structure worked on during the season is modified. “, he explained. Amine Harit will be privileged to play perhaps in a 4-4-2, a 3-4-3 or a 4-2-3-1, the systems used when Payet was not there this season. However, whatever the tactical device, the task does not look easy for the Moroccan. The latter must assume the heavy vacant role of a player who has become indispensable, within an OM that is increasingly on the kneecaps at the end of the season.