“The Champions League is not enough”: beaten by Frankfurt (0-1), OM sees the damage and its own shortcomings

“The Champions League is not enough”: beaten by Frankfurt (0-1), OM sees the damage and its own shortcomings

“The Champions League is not enough”: beaten by Frankfurt (0-1), OM sees the damage and its own shortcomings

Brilliant in Ligue 1 but failing on the continental stage, OM is disillusioned. The Stade Vélodrome crowd was ready to experience a great European evening, he came out frustrated and disappointed after the defeat (0-1) of his proteges against Eintracht Frankfurt, which is however experiencing a very slow start to the season in the Bundesliga. After the one against Tottenham (2-0), which makes two defeats in as many days in Group D for the Olympians who already see the qualification slip away before challenging Sporting twice, victorious in the first two matches.

We entered the game too slowly, as if we were impressed by this Champions League match at home, deplored Marseille manager Igor Tudor at a post-match press conference. We were too slow to build and didn’t make a difference in the beginning. From a game point of view, it’s not our best game. ” For the first time this season the Croatian coach had decided to rely on the pair Gerson-Payet for the supply of Alexis Sanchez, but this choice proved to be completely flawed. He decided to change these three players at once just before the hour when Eintracht was leading after Jesper Lindström’s goal (43rd).

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It is not human to play at such a pace

“In the second half we pushed and we deserved a goal, advance Tudor whose team ended up concluding the debates but also copiously exposed to the opponents counterattacks. It didn’t come and in the end we lose to a strong team. They didn’t dominate much, the first period was pretty balanced, even if it’s true that we didn’t create much in attack. We come from the 4th hat and we try to do the best we can ”. Frankfurt actually won the Europa League last season and did their best to defend well in their own half by playing offensive shots intelligently, but they didn’t shine either.

Guendouzi, Sanchez, system: how Tudor was wrong

Tudor gives another reason for this disappointment: the lack of freshness. “It was the third game in six days, there is evident fatigue and many injuries, assures the former Hellas Verona coach who saw Eric Bailly injured but does not discover the plans of his team or the requirements of the Champions League. It is not human to play at such a pace. We end up with only one defender and players who miss passes that usually do not miss. No, the system is not in question. The players chain matches, they are tired. Some arrived late and did not prepare. Others are injured. “

If he allows the Marseille club to start the season in its L1 history in the best possible way, the Croatian has lost his first C1 game at home to OM, as have his predecessors Didier Deschamps, Elie Baup, José Anigo and Andre Villas-Boas. Above all, the Olympians have terrible stats with 16 defeats in their last 17 Champions League games. In addition to the pressure of the fans or a delicate physical form, they necessarily have tactical and technical deficiencies that the encouraging first period against Tottenham cannot hide and the expulsion of Chancel Mbmemba in front of the Spurs was certainly more due to naivety than to bad luck.

“It’s a disappointment, but you can’t always be disappointed, he lucidly recognized Jordan Veretout at the Canal + microphone as he left the pitch. We showed a good face but the first period was not enough. In the second half we tried to push to go back to scoring but he made a mistake in this last gesture, this goal to be rewarded “. The statistics of the match are relentless: despite 60% of ball possession, OM hit almost half of the opponent on goal and on goal (8 shots on goal out of 4 on goal against 14 and 7 on goal for Eintracht ) and didn’t make it by not getting a single angle.

“It’s not enough in the Champions League, continues the midfielder who arrived this summer from AS Roma. They put us in trouble, the opponents are watching us on video, we tried to bring them up but they found spaces behind us. I think we’re not far off, but that’s not enough, you need to score goals to exist in the Champions League. “ For the moment the OMs do not score and therefore do not exist. He will soon have to do both to avoid getting angry with the most prestigious of European competitions.

The disappointment of Luis Suarez (Marseille) against Eintracht Frankfurt

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