Guendouzi admits « huge disappointment » after Europa League elimination


At the microphone of RMC Sport, Mattéo Guendouzi confided his frustration after OM’s defeat on Thursday against Galatasaray (4-2), synonymous for his elimination team in the Europa League. He promises a reaction from Sunday in the league.

Touched, sunk, eliminated. Barely defensively and helpless in the absence of Dimitri Payet, OM were severely beaten by Galatasaray (4-2), this Thursday, in the hot atmosphere of Istanbul. A defeat which marks the exit of the Marseillais in the Europa League even before the last day of the group stage. With four points behind second place, they no longer have any chance of continuing their adventure in this competition. And now have to look behind them.

Their new goal is to beat Lokomotiv Moscow on December 9, at the Velodrome, in order to be donated to the Europa Conference League. « We were keen to get out of this hen raised. We can only blame us and our missed opportunities during our first confrontations, acknowledged at the microphone of RMC Sport Mattéo Guendouzi. There were several matches. where we deserved to win. It’s a huge disappointment for us tonight.  » After four draws in as many games, Jorge Sampaoli’s team finally fell on the outside, weighed down by both a lack of success (the post and the bar affected in the first period) and defensive fragility.

« Not a problem of intensity »

« We’re all down on this elimination but we have to focus on the Troyes match (Sunday in Ligue 1) and we’ll see what happens in relation to the new competition. I don’t think it’s a problem of intensity or duels. We may have used less aggressiveness than them but it is especially on the technical level that we missed a lot of things. We did not know how to play as we know to do it and that is what costs us the defeat tonight against Galatasaray « , insisted Guendouzi, who evolved to an unusual position of mid-right in the 4-4-2 set up by Sampaoli.

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Less sharp than at the start of the season, OM have won only one of their last seven games in all competitions (five draws, one defeat).

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