Marseille thrash Troyes 6-0 in Michel’s 1st game in charge
Marseille stormed to its first points of the season as it thrashed newlypromoted Troyes 6- 0 in its first match under new coach Michel on Sunday. Michel was only appointed on Wednesday to replace Marcelo Bielsa, who resigned over a contract dispute after the first match of the season.
“We have to find confidence. When you play with this shirt, in this stadium, you mustn’t be scared,” Michel said. “We can always dream, but I have to admit it’s a great night for me. We’re going to stay calm, we only have three points, we played well, but it’s only one match.”
Marseille had yet to score a goal this season going into the match, following two 1-0 defeats. Abdelaziz Barrada opened the scoring in the first half, heading home a rebound after Michy Batshuayi’s header crashed off the crossbar, and the floodgates opened in the second half.
Lassana Diarra, who had been out of football for a year because of a contract dispute with Lokomotiv Moscow, doubled Marseille’s lead two minutes after the interval and the home side were 4-0 up shortly after the hour mark following a strike from Batshuayi and an acrobatic effort from Lucas Ocampos.
Two goals in the final two minutes from Romain Alessandrini and Batshuayi put the icing on the cake.
Lille and Bordeaux are still in search of their first win of the season after an entertaining 0-0 draw, which saw the woodwork hit four times.
Lille was first to be denied when Baptiste Guillaume’s low effort crashed off the base of the far post in the 37th minute.
Renato Civelli also headed a corner onto the crossbar in the 65th and Bordeaux goalkeeper Jerome Prior pulled off a fantastic stop to turn another Civelli header onto the bar.
Enzo Crivelli went closest for Bordeaux on the hour with a powerful header which hit the far right post.
Lille and Bordeaux both have two points after three matches.
Saint-Etienne moved to four points after snatching a 1-0 win at Lorient, which played almost the entire match with 10 men.