Olympique de Marseille is playing its first big game of the season against Tottenham. At the microphone of RMC Sport, President Pablo Longoria shared his great ambitions for this European campaign, while ensuring that he did not want to underestimate any of the opponents present in his group.
Olympique de Marseille fought all last season to live this moment. Today, Dimitri Payet and his teammates are there. The Phocaeans are reconnecting with the Champions League, and a big test awaits them from the start with the trip to London to face Tottenham.
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Before this high-level clash, president Pablo Longoria told RMC Sport that the Olympians do not intend to make up the numbers in this competition: « There is always ambition, always the desire to be competitive. » The manager is even clear about the club’s ambitions, namely to make a good impression in Europe with a good career: « We want to improve and have an even higher level of requirement. It will be important to be competitive in this Champions League . »
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« It’s a high level test »
Before considering reaching the last four of the competition, the Marseillais will have to get rid of the troops of Antonio Conte who are making a good start to the season in the Premier League with a current third place. But the Phocaeans also show a good face in Ligue 1 and are even dolphins of PSG.
Two in-form teams expected at the turn. For Longoria, this meeting is an opportunity to see what Marseille has in store: « Tonight is a very complicated match, perhaps the most complicated of the group. All the matches will be important, because it’s a group where everything will be played on the small details. It’s a high-level test that will help to position us. We’ll see what our real level is. »
Longoria and « the Italian mentality »
Throughout last season, OM had to fight in order to have the privilege of hearing the anthem of what is considered to be the most beautiful of competitions. In order not to experience the same campaign having taken place under the orders of André Villas-Boas, Longoria trusts his coach Igor Tudor whom he recruited for this kind of occasion: « Last season, we did not miss character, but I think the Italian mentality that Igor Tudor and I have is necessary. »
Talking about mentality, the Spaniard explained what he tries to instill in his players on a daily basis: « I transmit culture, mentality and being competitive. Having a winning mentality and ambition These are the values that we must have in the project, the ones that we must transmit to the players and the supporters. »