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OM: “To compete with PSG, you have to play with your heart, fight and be warriors”, notes Veretout


The OM midfielder delivers his analysis after the victory over PSG on Wednesday, in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France.

The match and qualifying

 : “

We are very happy.

We wanted to play a big game, to qualify.

We were in a period where we could win this match.

It's a very good team opposite but we got the match we needed, all together, we didn't give up even if it was hard.

We also thank the supporters because this victory is for them, they pushed us to the end, it is surely them who gave us this strength at the end.



 : “

If you want to compete with Paris, you have to give everything, go into battle.

There were warriors on the ground tonight.

We felt it, we left tired.

It was tough, but we had a good game...despite the last few minutes.

It's normal, they pushed to equalize.

Overall, I think we were tough.


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Ramos' goal just before half-time and the speech during the break

 : “

We thought we were still in the game.

It was 1-1.

We said to ourselves that it was a new match that was going to start and that we were going to have to look for them as we had done before the break, not to let go.

We put in a nice goal in the second half, Chancel pressed high, we all followed behind and (Ruslan) Malinovskiy put in an incredible shot.

It's a team victory.


We must not ignite, there are still three laps to lift the Coupe de France.

Jordan Veretout

What made the difference

 : “

I don't know... We played the match we wanted to play, we gave it our all and we were rewarded.

We are very happy.

We are qualified.

But we know that it was only an 8th final.

You don't have to ignite.

There are still three laps to lift the Coupe de France.

We want to go find her.

You have to stay focused and not get overwhelmed.

We are very happy to have beaten Paris but we have to keep our feet on the ground and continue to move forward as we do.


The atmosphere

 : “

Magnificent, extraordinary... Victory is for them too.

A stadium like that, which pushes you, which sings, which encourages you, it's exceptional.

Since the beginning of the season, they are always behind us, we thank them.

But once again, we must not ignite, recover well because there is another fight to be fought on Saturday in Clermont.

We have to take game after game and continue with what we are doing.


The tactical change made by Igor Tudor

 : “

I'm not sure we've changed our system.

We also adapt to the opponent.

We suspected that they were going to play with two attackers and Vitinha a little behind them.

It was easier for Valentin (Rongier) to get Vitinha.

It made it easier for the defenders.

We adapted to them while remaining in our system.


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PSG more friable than usual

 : “

It's a great team … They are not first in L1 for nothing.

To compete against these teams, you have to play with heart, fight and be warriors on the pitch.

That's what we did.

In addition, it smiles on us because we score one more goal than them.


A feat ?

In football, anyone can beat anyone.

Jordan Veretout

A feat of beating PSG … or not

 : “

A feat … We know our qualities, we were aware that we could compete with them, we showed it tonight.

A feat ?

We are very happy to have beaten them.

But a feat... In football, everyone can beat everyone.

But of course we are very happy to have won and to have achieved this match.


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The Coupe de France

 : “

It's still the law, we're only in the quarter-finals.

We will have to stay focused.

Before the quarter, there will be league matches.

We have to stay focused, recover well before Clermont, then Toulouse.

And the same match against PSG in two weeks?

We'll see after.

We take match after match and we will see where it takes us but we are happy to have passed this round.


Comments collected in the mixed zone

Guendouzi: "It was important to win for us, the fans and all those who love OM"

Mattéo Guendouzi (OM midfielder)

 : “

The result is deserved, we gave everything from start to finish.

And we saw the atmosphere there was... The fans had been waiting for this victory in a Classic for many years (the last at the Vélodrome was in 2011, editor's note).

It was important for us, for them and all those who love OM to win this game.

(...) We will have to repeat this kind of performance.

We know that it requires a lot of energy and physical effort.

We pressed very high and recovered balls while being solid defensively.

(…) We knew that PSG was going to ask a lot for the ball in the feet without Kylian Mbappé, with very little depth.

It made our job easier because we recovered even more balls from the players with their backs to the game. (...) We had a very solid match, surely the

one of the best since the start of the season.

Does the table open?

It's a magnificent victory, we celebrated it well, but we are only in the quarter.

We will give everything to go to the end and try to lift this trophy because it is close to our hearts.

We eliminated a very big team.

(Comments collected in the mixed zone)

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-02-09

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