To hear Igor Tudor, the Marseille coach at a press conference this Tuesday afternoon, OM have already recovered from the setback suffered in front of Nice, 3-1, at the Vélodrome on Sunday evening: "Nothing to bandage or heal because the team is in good shape.
I like how the team plays, fights and creates chances.
Tomorrow (Wednesday), we have another game waiting for us..."
For the arrival of PSG, the Croatian technician did not reveal his detailed plans prematurely, but simply announced the absences of defenders Eric Bailly, Leonardo Balerdi and Nuno Tavares, the latter for a week or two.
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About the adversary, Tudor does not ignite: “You have to do everything well and not miss anything (to hope to beat him).
Of course, counter-attacks are important and you have to avoid them by being very compact also in attack.
They (the Parisians) have a team full of dangers.
Everything should be perfect tomorrow.
The Croatian does not want to hear about an allegedly diminished PSG: “They won less than usual but the motivation will be there against OM.
A team full of players capable of making a difference at all times.
We must concede a minimum of opportunities and push in attack from the start.
As for the absence of Kylian Mbappé in the Parisian ranks, Tudor is not hypocritical: “I would be a liar to say that it does not change anything, because he is one of the best players in the world.
It's an advantage, but there are also other very strong players who can change the course of the game.
"A Classic, it is won"
Valentin Rongier, the OM midfielder who preceded his coach on the microphone, does not say anything else about Mbappé: "I'm not going to lie, it's a good thing for us that he's absent, because we know its quality and speed.
Especially since we expose ourselves on the counterattacks and it is a weapon in this area.
We must not say that since Mbappé is not there, they have no one on the counters … ”
The former Nantes player does not believe that the Galtier team will overuse this 1/8th final, on the grounds of making arrangements for Bayern's arrival at the Parc the following Tuesday (preceded by a trip to Monaco on Saturday, 5 p.m.).
On the contrary… “The best way for them to prepare is to have a successful match, believes Rongier.
I don't expect a game where they will have their foot on the brakes.
I think they will put in the intensity to prepare Bayern well too.
I don't know how they interpret this meeting.
I think they are preparing well because they know that a Classic is won.
If necessary, the Marseille vice-captain insisted on the importance of this meeting for the Olympians: “We got knocked out in Europe, so there is still the Coupe de France and the championship.
We want to qualify for the Champions League but we also want to go to the end of the Coupe de France.
We have to be focused on ourselves.
We do not say that it is a PSG in poor shape, we must play well against them.
We are not going to change the way we play, we are going to press high and avoid being had on the counter-attacks.