The 2000 supporters of the Marseille club who had made the trip had to live a nightmarish evening. It must be said that the Feyenoord Stadium can accommodate more than 50,000 supporters, used to European competition matches. And each time, red and white supporters know how to give voice to galvanize their team. The Marseillais unfortunately paid the price during this first leg, where we were able to see them paralyzed against the whistles of the Batavian supporters. Unfortunately, and as we can see too often in modern football, some groups of people come to stadiums to utter racist insults against opponents. We could even see, during the meeting, inflatable bananas stroll on both sides in the stadium (cf. the Twitter account of the daily La Provence). But everyone will of course be free to form their own opinion on this fact. As a reminder, the Rotterdam club has a Champions League (won in 1970) and two Europa League to its credit (won in 1974 and 2002), 15 champions titles in Eredivisie and finally 13 Cups from the Netherlands. A beautiful record, even if it is necessary to recognize that the Dutch championship is less prestigious than the football championships English, American, Spanish or American.
Anyway, Sampaoli's eleven has suffered the pressure and could not express the potential that we usually know.
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Bad luck and inattention errors
The team aligned by the Olympian coach was almost the same as the one who had defeated Reims in the league (0-1) with a classic 4-3-3 training. But from the first minutes of the match and when the Marseillais had had two great opportunities for goals through the Senegalese Bamba Dieng, Feyenoord opens the brand thanks Cyriel Dessers with a beautiful deviation from the Colombian Sinisteras. Difficult for OM, but Dimitri Payet's teammates do not abandon. Despite everything, the spell is tackled and on a harmless strike, Valentin Rongier diverts and deceives Steve Mandanda, who can only go get the ball at the bottom of his nets ... 2-0 in the 20th minute!
The Olympians will wake up shortly after thanks to Dieng (28th) and the Brazilian in shape Gerson (40th) and will join the locker room On a zero score. Not bad in view of the start of the match. Then at the beginning of the second half, another inattention error of the defender Caleta-Car who, wanting to put the ball back to Mandanda, did not support his pass enough and is intercepted by the already goalscorer, Dessers. The latter only has to dribble the goalkeeper and score the goal of 3-2. The Marseillais will try to return to the score, but nothing to do, Feyenord holds good, keeps his advantage and won at the end of an intense match.
Hope at the Vélodrome?
We feel that Jorge Sampaoli's team draws on its reserves at the end of the 2021-2022 season. As proof the defeat this Sunday, in the league against Lyon. This Olympico was led from start to finish by the Lyonnais, without the blue and white being able to react (0-3). Parting especially since the Vélodrome stadium was full. From now on, OM has its destiny in their hands: positioned second place in the Ligue 1 championship, only 3 points of its pursuers (Rennes, Monaco and Nice), and with a possibility of playing and perhaps win a title On the European scene, Guendouzi, Kamara, Payet and the others can win everything or lose everything. It is time for them to wake up, otherwise their chances of competing in the Champions League next year would fall.
But impossible is certainly not Marseille and we know that this team reacts when it is at the foot of the wall. Supporters will also be keen to do better atmosphere level than their Dutch counterparts during the first leg. Remember that one goal separates the two teams! And even if the Europa Conference League is not as prestigious as the Champions League, this remains a European competition and no doubt that OM will do everything to win this title, almost 30 years after their first star in 1993. On the Paper, the Olympians still seem superior to their opponents, both in terms of individuals and on the collective.
It remains to be seen if the Argentinian coach will line up the best eleven of the moment. It will be time to show that they are forever the first!
The whole city will be behind its team, from old port to Castellane. See you Thursday, May 05, 2022 at 9 p.m. on M6.