Europa League Conference – Feyenoord – Marseille – “It’s not like us, it’s not OM” says Guendouzi

It will probably take several hours for the Marseillais to reflect, coldly, on their evening performance in Rotterdam (3-2). And knowing where to place the cursor, between the disappointment of having lost this first leg of the Europa League Conference on individual errors, and the satisfaction of having come out of it alive despite a stifling atmosphere and crazy intensity. But in the heat, OM seriously leaned towards frustration.

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Never this season the Marseille club had seemed so fragile defensively. “We completely missed it, especially in the first halfunderlined Mattéo Guendouzi on M6 after the meeting. We made a lot of individual mistakes, a lot of technical errors. It doesn’t look like us. It’s not OM, it’s not what we’ve been doing since the start of the season.” “We had our heads upside down, we didn’t do anything that we had prepared this week“, he added to the microphone of Canal+.

No defender at level

William Saliba, so strong since the beginning of this exercise, did not feel the blows and was even guilty of a touch of the ball which helped Dessers on the opener. Valentin Rongier, precious during the second act, inadvertently deceived Steve Mandanda by deflecting the ball on the goal of the break. Duje-Caleta Car, for whom the European Cup is a showcase for a transfer this summer, multiplied the badly supported passes, including one which allowed the Dutch to regain the advantage. And Luan Peres, capable of good and bad in recent months, took this match by the wrong end.

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Was it a simple day without for the Marseille defensive line? Or is it the extremely well-executed pressing of the Rotterdam residents that caused this big slack? “We knew they played like that, because we analyzed their gameassured Bamba Dieng, also clumsy at the start of the match, on M6. We weren’t surprised. We just made mistakes” Facing Galatasaray and Lens at the start of the season, Jorge Sampaoli’s men had already struggled to find their usual serenity.

We gave them the game

This Thursday, in the “bathtub” of Feyenoord, they seriously flinched without ever really breaking up. “We will say that we stay aliveadded Guendouzi. There is only one goal difference. What we did is not worthy of a semi-final. There have been many bad things […] but we saw that from the 60th minute, they were tired and remained in a low block. This is where we got a lot of chances. We made the match difficult on our own. We gave them the game. They are not the ones who have been above us.”

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OM now know what they have to do in the second leg: regain defensive solidity. And take advantage of his audience to give back to the Feyenoord. “At home, it will be another game,” warned the midfielder. Four years ago, the Olympians came out of the first leg semi-final one goal behind Leipzig. On the way back, with the help of the Vélodrome, they had turned everything upside down.

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