Thauvin flops on return to Marseille’s starting XI for Lyon clash

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Former wonderkid Florian Thauvin returned to the Olympique Marseille starting XI for the south coast side’s match against Olympique Lyonnais, but failed to justify his starting berth.

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Marcelo Bielsa made four key changes to his OM line-up for the Ligue 1 crunch match at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday evening, dropping a several starters from the team that smashed Toulouse 6-1 last weekend.

The first was to replace Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi with Andre-Pierre Gignac, while, defensively, Benoit Aloe and Mario Lemina were dropped for Rod Fanni and Brice Dja Djedje.

Finally, Lucas Ocampos, who contributed an assist against Le TFC, was swapped out for Thauvin, returning to the side after two matches out of the side.

The former SC Bastia man enduring a disappointing evening on the right flank. There were the odd flashes of prodigious technique or spurts of acceleration, but he contributed little and was largely kept under wraps by Henri Bedimo.

He was hauled off on the hour mark for Ocampos, who proceeded to score a goal that was wrongly disallowed.

Will Bielsa regret making one change too many from the side that hit Toulouse for six last weekend?

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