the uncompromising analysis of Jorge Sampaoli

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Olympique de Marseille gave itself the opportunity this Saturday evening to celebrate its direct qualification for the Champions League. Best team outside the championship, the Olympian club relied on a good foundation to achieve its objective. But in Brittany, the Marseillais have completely sunk.

Overwhelmed in the game and in intensity by a boosted Rouge et Noir after their hiccup in Nantes in the middle of the week (0-1), the partners of Dimitri Payet, injured, did not weigh very heavily in the debates. Quickly trailing 2-0, they were never able to come back into the game. Result: while some dreamed of an apotheosis ending with this shock, the hangover promises to be severe tomorrow morning. But at a press conference, Jorge Sampaoli was not surprised by the result.

OM has been exceeded

“Maybe I also have some responsibility for what happened tonight. We had a plan which concerned control of the game, but the opponent did not let us play. We had to that we modify our plans according to the result. At this stage of the competition, we do not have many variants to modify our plans. We are obliged to insist on what we know how to do. In no way would we have deserved to win”he declared, before concluding.

“We underwent an inferior development in this match, both footballing and emotional. We had too low a performance, we were not at the level of what we had prepared. We tried to bring some variety in the second half by playing deep. Finally, the match settled in favor of Rennes. They were better in the duels, in both surfaces and in the end, we end up with this defeat.. A setback that hurts a lot.

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