behind the scenes of the late game fiasco

Olympique de Marseille lost against Tottenham (1-2) on Tuesday in the sixth day of the Champions League. By conceding a goal in the last moments of the match, the Marseille club missed the chance to be transferred to the Europa League. RMC Sport shows behind the scenes of these minutes when OM’s European season changed.

Tears of anger. On the grass, Marseille’s faces were hard to see just after Tottenham’s second goal and when the final whistle blew. Amine Harit was almost in tears. Some Olympians like Nuno Tavares remain lying down, without moving. Chancel Mbemba looked knocked out standing, as did most of his teammates.

As a good captain of the locker room, and despite the disappointment of not playing, Dimitri Payet toured the troops. He relieves some players, pats Cengiz Under on the shoulder, says goodbye to Mattéo Guendouzi. The Marseillais gathered strength to go and greet the public. Several whistles fell from the stands, a reaction that could be attributed more to frustration than OM’s overall performance. The Ultras, below the south bend, launched a simple but effective chant at the time: “Allez l’OM, ​​​​​​​​Allez l’OM…”. The players were punished at the end of the match, but there was a feeling that everything was given to try to grab a victory that would have been synonymous with qualification for the knockout stage of the Champions League.

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The Olympians in a black fury

When they leave the grass, the players are just feeding this disappointment of leaving from C1… but they don’t know that they will soon be returned to the Europa League, thanks to Frankfurt’s victory in Lisbon ( 1- 2) which placed OM in third place in the group.

It is mainly when they return to the locker room that the information reaches them! The Olympians did not understand and went into a black rage when they realized that no one had warned them about the Sporting-Frankfurt scenario, and of the fact that the draw against Tottenham at least had an interest in not eliminating OM from any European competition. The Marseillais demand an explanation. What Igor Tudor delivered to the media after the match did not reflect the whole truth.

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Tudor chose not to inform the players of the Frankfurt result

End of the match at the Velodrome. According to information from RMC Sport, sporting director David Friio came down from the stands to make sure the staff knew that OM was almost third. In addition, Marseille has an advantage: with the big stoppage of the game due to the concussion protocol for Heung-Min Son in the first period, the match at the Vélodrome will end later than Sporting–Frankfurt. Igor Tudor knows the script. The “noise of the Velodrome” and the difficulty of finding the moment to get the message across to the players are false excuses.

Igor Tudor really decided not to inform the players about the scenario of this group D. The Croatian coach wanted to leave the team in their match and was afraid to disturb them, which they started to hinder, while at the same time Sead Kolasinac just created a great chance. Only at the very end of the game, especially in the last fatal act, Tudor tried to make his players understand not to leave too much space. The message could not be delivered. And Spurs will deprive OM of a European future.

Above all, OM identified a lack of maturity and experience

The topic angered the locker room greatly. Harit is “disgusted”, Guendouzi citing “a lack of communication and a professional mistake”, Mbemba explaining that “the bench knows, but not the players on the ground”… the Olympians are so bad it had no information, and they informed Igor Tudor and the staff about it.

The Olympians who spoke were keen to mention this internal bug, which they believe justifies the final action, in which OM rode, leaving Chancel Mbemba alone against three Tottenham players, including Harry Kane, setter, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, scorer. Who knows if the Congolese defender will not sacrifice himself for the team, with a foul on Kane?

Inside the Marseille club, time inevitably comes with a hangover. But the leaders above all did not want to fuel the controversy of this confused ending to the match and involve Igor Tudor. The Olympian club assumes the fact of taking many risks and is satisfied with the level of play shown in certain sequences. Above all, OM identified a certain lack of maturity and experience within the team, which was repeated in key matches, in important moments. This will likely be one of Pablo Longoria’s workplaces in the coming weeks.

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