Olympique de Marseille is up against the wall in the Football Champions League. After two defeats during the first two days, the Marseillais receive Sporting Portugal this Tuesday, October 4, 2022 (a match from 6:45 p.m. to live on France info). A Lisbon team which, on the contrary, is in good shape since it won its first two matches. The meeting will be played behind closed doors, because of the jets of smoke exchanged between the supporters of Marseille and Frankfurt on September 13th. And even if there are still three matches to play before the end of the first round, after two matches lost to Tottenham and against Eintracht Frankfurt, a victory seems necessary, essential to the Olympians, if they want to hope to qualify for the eighth. final next spring. Listen to the explanations of Jean-Pierre Blimo, journalist at the Sports Department of Radio France.
« We are not going to give up this third game, we are capable “Chancel Mbemba.
Despite promises in the game, Marseille remains stuck at zero on the counter of matches won in the Champions League. OM are up against the wall in their quest to reach the round of 16. And yet, the Marseillais say they are confident, thanks to their career in Ligue 1 where they are in second place in the standings. It is also the only team still undefeated with PSG and Lens. OM can rely on their last victory, 3-0 last Friday, in Angers, confirms central defender Chancel Mbemba: « For me, we showed a very beautiful image. In the league it goes very well, we want the Champions League to go very well like in the league. We are not going to give up this third game, we are capable« .
Game behind closed doors
Problem, OM will not be able to count on their public tonight, who pay for the incidents of the match against Frankfurt with the opposing supporters. So, failing to be in the stands, the pressure will be on the pitch tempers one of OM’s attacking players Amine Harit, in what nevertheless appears to be the last chance match: » As long as we are still mathematically alive, we will play this game hard to try to take the three points, believes the footballer, especially at home. I think that you shouldn’t make any calculations, these are matches to be played at 200%. We still have the chance of being able to scratch the qualification, it is important to have this pressure, but the good « . Mathematically, OM will not be eliminated from the race for the round of 16, even in the event of a defeat tonight, but the chances of qualifying would then become very slim.