Thursday evening, OM will play their quarter-final second leg of the Europa League Conference in Greece, against PAOK. If the Marseillais have a slight lead, they will have to seek qualification with several absences…
It’s Thursday night. OM have the opportunity to qualify for the semi-finals of the Europa League Conference if they keep their lead against PAOK. In the first leg, Jorge Sampaoli’s men won 2-1 against the Greeks thanks to a goal from Gerson and a splendid volley from Dimitri Payet.
The Olympians are currently on a very good dynamic and will be keen to continue it. Indeed, the Marseillais have won all of their last 6 meetings in the European Cup. Then, the OM players are above all on a series of 7 consecutive victories in all competitions. Something to give hope and additional motivation for this meeting. Finally, a victory would be all the more ideal in order to best prepare for Sunday evening’s Classico against Paris.
Dieng, Kamara and Gerson suspended against PAOK
If this qualification is a goal of the club, it could be complicated by the group which will probably be weakened. Indeed, OM will have to do without Jorge Sampaoli (suspended) on the bench and 7 players for the trip to Thessaloniki. Among the confirmed absentees: Álvaro (sidelined), Konrad de la Fuente and Léonardo Balerdi (injured), Boubacar Kamara, Gerson and Cheikh Bamba Dieng (suspended). Finally, the last absentee is Luis Henrique, who is not qualified to play in the Europa League Conference. It will be the same for Salim Ben Seghir and Oussama Targhalline.
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But OM could also have other absentees by Thursday. Indeed, Arkadiusz Milik (recovery), Cédric Bakambu (hit against PAOK) as well as Duje Ćaleta-Car (absent against Montpellier) are all three uncertain. It only remains to wait for the revelation of the Olympian group for the trip to Greece.
It’s not easy not to be able to count on everyone for this meeting — Sampaoli
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Indeed, during this first leg at the Vélodrome, the Polish evening referee sanctioned Kamara and Gerson with yellow cards (even red for the Brazilian). The two midfielders were under suspension and will therefore miss the return match in Greece! A big blow for Jorge Sampaoli even if the coach has a lot of solutions in this position. This is also the case for Bamba Dieng who received a yellow card.
“It’s not easy not to be able to count on everyone for this meeting. It will be necessary to count on the players available. But I find that a team like mine, which offers so much play, receives too many yellow cards compared to what it deserves. Now we have to prepare for Montpellier. » Jorge Sampaoli – Source: Press conference (07/04/22)