André Villas-Boas can count on an almost complete Olympian group for the reception of Olympiakos in the Champions League on Tuesday evening. The starting XI seems obvious.
OM is playing one of his last Champions League cards on Tuesday against Olympiacos. Already assured of not going beyond the group stage, the Marseille club must put an end to this humiliating series of 13 losses in C1 to consider a continental future this season. Even in the Europa League. To do this, André Villas-Boas will have an advantage: almost a whole group.
With the exception of Radonjic, all are apt for combat a priori. All of them, including a Sanson sick in recent days and the Alvaro and Sakai who finished the match against Nantes this weekend on the knees. Balerdi also misses the call, but not for a physical glitch. Expelled against Porto, the Argentine defender will serve a suspension match against the Piraeus club. Not enough to upset the plans of the Portuguese strategist.
The same as facing Nantes
At a press conference on Monday, the latter admitted: “I do not intend to make too many changes. »Understand compared to the convincing victory over the FCN, Saturday at the Vélodrome, within the framework of the 12th day of Ligue 1 (3-1). Behind the essential Thauvin-Benedetto-Payet trio – who all found the fault in front of the Canaries – the Kamara-Rongier-Cuisance triplet should be renewed. No doubts either about the quartet of the rearguard, Caleta-Car also being assured of starting.
The OM group: Mandanda, Pelé, Vanni – Alvaro, Perrin, Sakai, Nagatomo, Caleta-Car, Amavi – Kamara, Rongier, Cuisance, Khaoui, Sanson, Strootman, Gueye – Aké, Germain, Benedetto, Thauvin, Luis Henrique, Payet.
The probable eleven against Olympiakos: Mandanda – Sakai, Alvaro, Caleta-Car, Amavi – Cuisance, Kamara, Rongier – Thauvin, Benedetto, Payet.