Olympique de Marseille is treading water in the Europa League. This Thursday, against Lazio at home, OM recorded their fourth draw in the competition in as many games. The Phocaeans are third in their group with four points, one point behind their evening opponent, Lazio, second and four points behind the leader, Galatasaray. At a press conference, Jorge Sampaoli confessed that he was a little frustrated after this result.
“It’s true that it was a complex game, with different situations. We had a big first half and the fact that we came in with a draw at the break is not fair. Then we conceded a goal quickly and it was hard to come back against an experienced team. We continued to play without fear but luck was not with us, we now have to win the next two matches “, analyzed the coach of Olympique de Marseille.
Marseille – Lazio (2-2), OM snatch a draw and stay alive
Jorge Sampaoli explained his decision to replace Boubacar Kamara with Amine Harit: “The change was made to change the system and have more one-on-one situations in the lanes. It also allowed Rongier to move into the heart of the game to keep balance and be successful in playing against a good team. regrouped defensively. We wanted to break up the spaces, pass from left to right… “
“Qualification remains playable”
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The Argentinean remains ambitious and confident for the rest of the competition: “Yes, the qualification remains playable, the group is still very open. We have two games left to get there. The other two teams, Lokomotiv and Galatasaray will try to do the same. It will especially be necessary to win in Turkey. There is no real justice in football. Honestly, we were up to the task in all four matches, we played with a lot of courage and personality, if we manage to have this same conviction in the next matches, we can qualify. We must continue to seek victory“.
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The coach of Olympique de Marseille deeply regretted the few bottle throws from the stands at the end of the first period: “It’s a shame and it didn’t make sense because we were in control, there were only five minutes left before half-time. This is ultimately a negative situation for us. People should be there to enjoy the game and not do that kind of thing. It was not good behavior “.
Finally, Jorge Sampaoli admitted that he does not intend to give up practicing his style of play: “It is a question of form. In the first half, when we take the first goal, it is by throwing off that Lazio recovers the ball and gets a corner. We have to be more careful. I’m more concerned with the first goal than the second. We managed to get the ball out for most of the game. I don’t think I will change my playstyle because of it. ”