Olympique de Marseille lost to Feyenoord Rotterdam (3-2) in the semi-final first leg of the Europa League Conference, despite goals from Bamba Dieng and Gerson. Arne Slot, coach of the Dutch club, spoke at the end of the meeting at a press conference.
Match disputed between the two teams, many chances on both sides but in the end OM lost (3-2) on the lawn of Feyenoord Rotterdam in the semi-final first leg of the Europa League Conference. This meeting was marked by the astonishing feverishness of the Marseille defense and by the lack of efficiency in attack with several clear chances missed by OM. Next Thursday will take place the semi-final second leg, OM, still alive, will have to catch up with a slight delay of one goal. Despite defensive errors and inattention, OM’s level in this match was praised by Feyenoord coach Arne Slot.
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Before dreaming of the Cup, you still have to play a very big match in Marseille – Slot
In a press conference, Arne Slot praised OM by qualifying him as his best opponent of the season. The Dutch technician nevertheless remains cautious for the return match in Marseille.
It’s a good result for us, but we know it’s hard to play in Marseille. We had a lot of good opponents, but it’s the best team we’ve faced so far. We go there with a good result in hand, but we know very well that it is not done yet, but oyes I am confident for the return but it will be hard. And yes we have to play on Sunday and we will therefore have the same schedule as Marseille. I think the risks Marseille take in defense is their style and that’s why I admire them. This is what brought them second in Ligue 1. But today they came across a team that is pressing a lot. Before dreaming of the Cup, you still have to play a very big match in Marseille. At the base Payet was attacking then he wandered around and it was hard to control. Marseille changed the system several times, it was a bit difficult. In the 1st MT, we rather mastered the game and it was good. In second, we had to adapt and it’s not always easy in an atmosphere like this. Does it look like Guardiola’s City? Well, it’s a whole other level with them. We do some things well, it was a good game but that’s it, it’s the only similarity. » Arne Slot – Source: Press conference (04/28/2022)
This match was only the first round, there remains the return match which will take place this Thursday, May 5 at the Stade Vélodrome. As a reminder, the Marseille enclosure will be deprived of some of its supporters, given that the Virage Nord has been suspended by UEFA. But this match should bring together a significant number of supporters who will want to do everything to allow OM to turn the tide and qualify for their sixth European final in their history. For that, OM will have to put on a match worthy of the challenge.