Always looking for his first success in the Europa League, OM, 3e of group E, moves on the lawn of Galatasaray this Thursday with the obligation to win.
Should we see the glass half empty or half full concerning the course of OM in this Europa League? After 4 games played, OM are still undefeated but have not won a single match in their group E either. After 4 points sharing, OM occupy the 3e place of his hen with 4 units, just behind Lazio Rome, 2e with 5 points and 4 points behind his opponent of the day, Galatasaray, in the lead with 8 points.
With the advent of the new Europa League Conference, this 3e Group E would allow OM to continue their European journey by joining the 1/16e finals of this competition. But given the ambitions displayed at the start of the season and the content offered during these first 4 confrontations, it is difficult not to consider such an outcome as a great disappointment. To avoid such a scenario, OM must leave Istanbul with the 3 points.
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If the Olympians run desperately after this European victory to the point of finding themselves with their backs to the wall, their lack of efficiency in the first 4 games has a lot to do with it. Overall, OM have delivered good performances this season in the Europa League, especially on the lawn of Lokomotiv Moscow during the 1D day when their overwhelming domination was certainly better than the draw obtained (1-1). Against Galatasaray at the Vélodrome, OM pushed for a long time to score the unsuccessful goal of victory (0-0). Then, the two confrontations against Lazio saw the Marseillais look straight in the eyes of the biancocelesti but again, insufficient to clinch a first victory in C3 since 2018.
“It is true that we were surely footballistically stronger than our opponents in the first four games. But we were not able to take advantage of this domination. We must recover the points that we did not know how to take in the first games“Confirmed coach Jorge Sampaoli at a press conference.
A turbulent context
However, the head has not always been in football this week on the side of the commandery. In question, this dark evening last Sunday at the Groupama stadium where the Lyon / Marseille shock lasted only 5 minutes due to a bottle throw on Dimitri Payet. ” It’s not the same competition. We had to turn the page quickly », Declared the Argentinian technician. Same story for defender William Saliba. “What happened on Sunday is behind us, we are all focused on tomorrow’s game“.
Despite everything, it’s hard not to imagine the Marseille locker room still struck by the excesses of last Sunday. The main player, Dimitri Payet, was still very affected at the start of the week but will not be able to play this chopper match against Galatasaray due to a suspension just like Valentin Rongier. Turkish winger Cengiz Ünder is also uncertain for this part.
It is therefore a slightly weakened OM that moves to Turkey. However, not sure that Dimitri Payet would have been able to face the hell of the Nave Stadyumu, the enclosure of Galatasaray. 50,000 spectators are expected this Thursday and the atmosphere promises to be particularly hostile for the Marseillais. Last weekend, during the derby against Fenerbahçe (Galatasaray defeated 2-1 at home), many projectiles targeted the opposing player Mesut Özil after his equalizing goal at the half-hour mark. the parallel with the sad incidents that occurred in Lyon on Sunday.
However, on the side of OM, no apprehension at the idea of facing the 12e man from Galatasaray. ” It is an atmosphere that will be incandescent. It’s motivating, even if it makes communication difficult. It’s an atmosphere that I really like and being in these stadiums with great popular fervor makes me happy. », Assures the trainer Jorge Sampaoli. The meeting promises to be all the more perilous for OM as their opponents will certainly be keen to wash away the affront of this derby lost in the last moments. A vengeful opponent in an incandescent atmosphere. Given the current context, the challenge could hardly be taken up for OM.