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Zero victory, elimination, questionable choice of Jorge Sampaoli ... OM were disillusioned in the Europa League


Ambitious at the time of the draws, Olympique de Marseille came out through the back door of the Europa League on Thursday night in Galatasaray (4-2).

So close, so far ... On April 12, 2018, the Velodrome roared after OM's victory against Leipzig (5-2) in the second leg of the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Finalists, the Phocéens had left their mark on this edition.

After a failed experience in 2018-2019, the Marseillais found the Europa League with a certain ambition.

In a complex, but affordable group, the proteges of Jorge Sampaoli have failed, and leave the competition with a taste of unfinished business.

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OM is skating in Europe

All the lights were green after the success obtained in Monaco (0-2) on September 11. A tempting game turned towards attack, an invigorated workforce, a coach with ideas, Olympique de Marseille could be ambitious on the European scene, before moving to Lokomotiv Moscow. His hopes have gradually vanished. Despite controlled meetings, the Marseillais conceded four draws in as many meetings. A feeling of frustration reigns, as OM lacked success in both surfaces. An observation shared by Matteo Guendouzi after the defeat in Galatasaray.

We made a lot of mistakes in all the matches that cost us points.

We will regret them tonight.

We are all very disappointed because we were keen to get out of this hen which was very strong and to go far in this competition.

There is a huge disappointment in relation to that and we will really have to put our heads right side up and look up on Sunday,

”he confided to the Canal + microphone.

Thursday evening in Turkey, Sampaoli and his troops were obliged to obtain a result.

But in line with their previous weeks, the Olympians showed a dismaying face despite a few chances.

Defeated 4-2 in a boosted atmosphere, the Marseillais cracked and are already leaving the competition.

A disillusion that recalls the last inglorious passages of OM on the European scene.

Since 2018, Marseille has not left the hens.

Worse still, the Marseille club have gleaned only one success in their last 19 European matches.

A black series which strongly denotes the performance of French clubs in Europe this season.

OM is the only French team not to have won a single game on the continental scene, and could be the only French club to no longer be involved in the European Cup in 2022.

Sampaoli in the viewfinder

In difficulty in the game, OM have been advancing in slow motion for several weeks. The Marseille club have gleaned only 2 victories in the last 12 meetings. A starving yield that questions many observers in Marseille. The sequence of matches, a limited workforce in terms of quantity are mentioned, but a man stirs up criticism: Jorge Sampaoli. Despite a successful start, the Argentine coach is struggling to give this group a boost. More and more contested choices which cause much ink to flow, like its composition in Galatasaray. Against the Turks, the former technician of Seville has aligned Pape Gueye and Matteo Guendouzi on the wings.

Unfamiliar positions for axial media.

With many defensive players, the Argentine shows a certain reluctance that crystallizes passions on the web.

The coach is also targeted not to find real alternatives when Dimitri Payet is missing.

Without its master to play, OM displays a very worrying face.

On the offensive side for some time, OM also failed in the defensive sector yesterday.

Relatively well positioned in Ligue 1, the Argentine coach wants to start a winning series on pain of being quickly called into question.

The most important thing for this young group is to think about tomorrow, think about Sunday and think that in each competition you have to be better than that and mature faster, because if you are not more cutting edge in the adversity, surely the project will not work.

»He declared after the meeting against Galatasaray.

Sunday, Olympique de Marseille receives Troyes at the Stade Vélodrome (8:45 p.m.).

The ideal opportunity to relaunch in order to stay in phase with another of their goal, to find the Champions League.

Source: lefigaro

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