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.

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