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The good thing about following Marseille is that they will often be televised in places French football is, as they remain a huge draw. The bad thing is that you’re following a team with an inbuilt propensity to implode at any opportunity. With Marcelo Bielsa at the helm, at least, I thought, the bullfight would be fun, even if the estocada was familiar. I was wrong.

So What Happened? Oftentimes it can seem as though the Stade Velodrome crowd is on top of the players; in big European games, or when Marseille are on the charge, this is a good thing. When they’re spluttering into a performance against Rolland Courbis’ Montpellier, it is not such a good thing. The noise of the crowd, initially urging the team forward, progressed into blind support, then further into frustration and later dismay.

Montpellier played their part, executing two perfect sucker punches on the counter attack. Marseille, though, starting with 1 point from 2 games, look ropey already, and are noticeably bereft of the inspiration Valbuena provided.

What’s more, a cut head made Andre Ayew replace his shirt twice, except the second new shirt had a different number on (33, I think). We were treated to a shot of the staff trying to tape over the number before Bielsa bit the bullet and brought on Payet.

It was not a cacophony of boos that Marseille left the field to, but it will be before too long. Utter dreck.

Entertainment factor; 4/10 – and that for Montpellier’s breaks.

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