Europa League conference: “We stay alive despite our very bad match”, notes Mattéo Guendouzi after Feyenoord-OM



Olympique de Marseille has not yet said goodbye to the possibility of playing in the first final in the history of the Europa League conference. Beaten by Feyenoord Rotterdam, Thursday April 28, at the De Kuip stadium (2-3), in the first leg of C4, OM are still alive before the return match which will take place in a week at the Vélodrome stadium. Only minutes after the final whistle, the Marseillais already had their eyes on revenge.

We are still alive and we will be keen to win the return match“, assured Mattéo Guendouzi at the microphone of Canal + Sport. Scorer for the first time in the European Cup this evening, Bamba Dieng confided for his part his desire to “switch to Sunday’s game (against Lyon in Ligue 1) before doing everything to win the second leg”. But obviously, before tackling these two straight games against OL and Feyenoord, the OM players will have to look back on this “very bad game“, in the words of Guendouzi.

We have to get our heads straight because we haven’t done anything we’ve been working on this week“explained the Marseille midfielder, who regretted the very many”technical errors, individual and collective” of his team. OM could have conceded more goals in this match, but the Marseille club could also have avoided defeat in Rotterdam. But the attackers sinned too much in the finish to achieve this.

We lacked efficiency, starting with me. I missed three chances that I should have converted“, recognized Bamba Dieng. The Senegalese striker like Guendouzi denied having been “surprised“by the intensity put by the Feyenoord. And according to the middle of OM, “there was room tonight. We made it difficult for ourselves. (…) we will really have to work and analyze the big mistakes we made this evening.

With only one goal behind after this first leg, Marseille can obviously still believe in qualifying for the final. OM now have seven days to prepare as well as possible before this return leg. And after experiencing the beautiful atmosphere of the De Kuip stadium, the Marseille players know that they can count on an incandescent Vélodrome stadium when tackling one of the club’s most important matches this season. “It will count to be at home because the supporters will push us to surpass ourselves“, concluded Guendouzi.



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