Steadily, Marco Verratti is demonstrating that he has an aptitude for the big occasion and for high-profile matches.
He excelled against Chelsea and will look to have a similarly positive impact against Marseille.
However, it is worth noting that he has picked up nine yellow cards in 26 Ligue 1 matches so far this season. Putting this into context, only one player—FC Metz’s Guirane N’Daw—has picked up more cautions.
Will Verratti be able to keep his composure and his emotions in check when he comes up against the energy and dynamism of OM’s midfield?
In Mario Lemina he will come up against a very willing and capable competition, but the 21-year-old remains inexperienced at the truly elite end of competition.
Expect the Franco-Gabonese midfielder to step into the centre of the park to replace the suspended Giannelli Imbula, they are big shoes to fill, and in Verratti, he will come up against opposition at the top of his game.
Winner: Marco Verratti