Four days after the Lyon-Marseille incidents; during which Dimitri Payet was hit in the face by a plastic bottle; OM challenges Galatasaray without its captain; this Thursday at the Europa League in Istanbul; where the Olympic team hopes to regain the serenity and finally launch its European Season.

Between the international break and this interrupted match in Lyon; which lasted only four minutes before Payet collapsed; again hit by a bottle full of water; thrown from the opposite stands; we no longer saw the ‘OM on the ground for almost three weeks and a sinister home draw against Metz (0-0).

Against Lorena; the Marseillais had shown his limits of the moment: less physically sharp; he continues to dominate but becomes more legible for his opponents and creates very few opportunities.

This lack of offensive efficiency is a flaw that has been particularly apparent throughout the Europa League campaign; with four draws and four small points from four games; including at least three: Lokomotiv Moscow; Galatasaray in the first leg and Lazio Roma at the Stade Velodrome. – were dominated by Jorge Sampaoli’s men.

The draw; conceded in the last minutes of the first match in Moscow (1-1); is also a heavy drag on the Marseillais and forcing them to win on Thursday in Istanbul; where the Algerian Sofiane Feghouli; interviewed by the ‘AFP ; promises you “a very; very hot environment.”

“It is an environment that is going to be incandescent. It is motivating; although it makes communication difficult. It is an environment that I like a lot and being in these stadiums with great popular fervor makes me happy;” he said. Sampaoli responded at a press conference.

Only third in their group behind Galatasaray and Lazio; the Marseillais know anyway that two successes during the last two days would allow them to at least play the tiebreak now reserved for the second of each group; a kind of round of 16 for themselves. will play against a team donated by the Champions League.

– Guendouzi waiting –

C3: for OM, win, move forward and breathe

But winning in Istanbul will not be easy for OM; who have won just one of their last six games; with the promoted Clermont (1-0); and conceded three 0-0 draws in the same period.

For their part; the Turks are in a strong position in the standings and want to redeem themselves from their defeat in the Istanbul derby against Fenerbahçe last weekend.

“We want to recover. A win against Marseille would do us good; qualify us and make our fans happy;” Algerian international Sofiane Feghouli admitted on Wednesday.

Above all; Marseille is weakened. Dimitri Payet; who in any case probably wouldn’t have been able to play such a hot game after Sunday’s incidents; is suspended; like Valentin Rongier.

Sampaoli must therefore find solutions and one of them could come from Cengiz Under; OM’s Turkish international; whose giant photo welcomes visitors to Istanbul airport. But the former Romain; who has suffered from back pain in recent days; is still unsure and started training separately on Wednesday.

En jambes face à Metz; Konrad De la Fuente pourrait être une autre arme et l’OM espère supply beaucoup d’Arkadiusz Milik; pas à 100% après sa longue blessure; mais qui doit tout de même porter l’équipe dans ce genre de appointment.

Mattéo Guendouzi is also expected; but not only by the people of Marseille. In the first leg he got a penalty; which was finally annulled after the intervention of the VAR. The rest of the meeting and the post-match were marked by his repeated dispute with the Dutch side of Galatasaray Patrick Van Aanholt; who had made fun of “the wig” of the French neo-international.

Therefore; the Turkish fans should not forgive him and whistle even louder than the other Marseillais.

Guendouzi is not afraid of warm environments; but a few days after the sad night in Lyon; the psychological strength of the Marseillais will inevitably be one of the central elements of the Istanbul match.


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