Football: for OM, the European slap is too much

After an incredible finish in the match against Tottenham (1-2) in the Champions League, the Marseillais were removed from all European competitions.





By Adrian Mathieu

OM were eliminated from all European competitions after a nightmare finish against Tottenham.
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vsn Wednesday morning, Marseille fans should be hungover, especially if they look back at the scenario of defeat against Tottenham (1-2), which would mean elimination from the Champions League and even non-qualification for the Europa League . In an affordable group, Igor Tudor’s men finished last, although there is clearly room to do better.

In every match, OM showed that nothing is insurmountable against English, Sporting CP or even against Frankfurt. But football is made up of small details and, in this aspect, the Marseillais were punished. Between the technical limitations of some players like Nuno Tavares and Luis Suarez, the executives not always up to standard and some challenging coach choices, like his management of Dimitri Payet, OM finally pulled out bullet in the leg

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“My players didn’t hear me in public”

The black streak therefore continues for the Phocaeans in the Champions League. After the zero points of 2013, the failed campaign of 2020, here is now the great regret of 2022. If we see the best in the content, the punishment is the same for Marseilles who stopped last November on the European scene. Would it be better to manage this situation against Tottenham and grab a place in the Europa League? Igor Tudor spoke to Canal + what his mood was at the end of this electric meeting. “My players can’t hear me in public, it’s too noisy. I asked them to stay in the middle and not project themselves too much to get qualification for the Europa League. It’s sad. »

The observation was shared by Chancel Mbemba on BeIN Sports. Undoubtedly the Phocaeans’ best recruit of the last summer transfer window, the Congolese international had trouble hiding his disappointment. “We are very disappointed, we missed something in the small details, we will learn. For each player, we will look at our mistakes. It was so painful, alas, we pushed it to the end. Due to the lack of communication, we also missed the Europa League. »

An Olympico to return… or sink

Beyond the Champions League, OM are going through a very difficult phase with just one win in their last seven games in all competitions. After a very strong start to the season in L1 with a rhythm worthy of a champion, the Marseillais couldn’t find the click and saw their chasers gradually come back. Lyon, who come to the Vélodrome this Sunday, could potentially overtake them in the standings if successful…

In individual cases, it is difficult to understand what happened for Dimitri Payet and Gerson, relegated to the bench and did not even play last night. Determinants of last season, the number 10 and the Brazilian are not in the smell of sanctity in Tudor. If they are not to blame for their performances in a few weeks, these two elements could have given OM’s European adventure another chance. Their future will inevitably be a question that will be settled this winter. We also think of Bamba Dieng, although not on the list for the Champions League, who is suffering the consequences of a disastrous management of his case last summer.

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If we step back, all eyes will inevitably turn to Pablo Longoria, the president of OM who is about to take office in two years. Instead of disappointing recruits in general and the choice of Tudor, which did not bear fruit on the European scene, the young leader (36) should be assumed. And if the season is still very long with 25 days to play in L1 and the Coupe de France coming in January, it is still a huge blow for the president, who has never hidden his ambitions and his desire to rebuild OM of a team that matters. in Europe. Time may not yet be in crisis for the La Canebière side, but hosting Lyon on Sunday could exacerbate tensions in the event of a poor result.

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