Garcia calls on Marseille to 'get annoyed'
Rudi Garcia hopes his Olympique de Marseille side will "get annoyed" and bounce back from successive defeats when they host RC Strasbourg-Alsace on Wednesday.
Garcia saw his team slip to a loss in their opening UEFA Europa League game last week before being upended by Olympique Lyonnais in Sunday's Ligue 1 Conforama encounter between two of this season's likely podium challengers.
"In psychological terms, I'm waiting for this OM to get annoyed," said Garcia in his pre-match press conference. "I want them to be totally disgusted by these two defeats, completely different. There's a need for a reaction."
The former LOSC Lille and AS Roma boss will hope that comes at the Stade Orange Vélodrome where Marseille have picked up seven points from a possible nine so far.
It has been their away form which has left them with ground to make up on their rivals. Nine goals have been conceded in three matches which have brought just three points, including their surprise 3-1 loss at newly promoted Nîmes Olympique in Week 2 and Sunday's 4-2 reverse at the Groupama Stadium.
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With Adil Rami and Rolando injured and Duje Caleta-Car suspended, Garcia is likely to once again employ Luiz Gustavo as a makeshift centre-back alongside emerging talent Boubacar Kamara.
"The team has to defend better, be more aggressive, and more lucky," Garcia said. "Luck isn't a question of chance, but of determination, conviction, to go and block, to harry the opponent to prevent them from doing damage. We didn't manage to do that at Lyon in the second half."
While the side's defending still needs work, going forward, Marseille remain a formidable prospect. Their tally of 16 goals is second only to Paris Saint-Germain's 20, while Florian Thauvin and Dimitri Payet lead the league in goals and assists respectively.
"We have to keep scoring goals, but without that harming our defensive solidity, which stops us from winning games," said Garcia. "When you concede three goals away from home, it becomes difficult to pick up points, as we saw at Nîmes and Lyon."