On Thursday night, OM will play their Europa League Conference quarter-final second leg in Greece, against PAOK. If the Marseilles have a slight advantage, they will have to seek classification with several absences…
It’s Thursday night. OM have a chance to qualify for the Europa League Conference semi-finals if they maintain their lead against PAOK. In the first leg, Jorge Sampaoli’s men beat the Greeks 2-1 thanks to a goal from Gerson and a splendid volley from Dimitri Payet.
The Olympians are currently in a very good dynamic and will be eager to continue. In fact, the Marseillais have won all of their last 6 European Cup matches. So the OM players are mostly on a string of 7 wins in a row in all competitions. Something that gives hope and additional motivation for this meeting. Finally, a win would be even more ideal to better prepare for Sunday night’s Clásico against Paris.
Dieng, Kamara and Gerson suspended against PAOK
If this classification is a club objective, it could be complicated for the group that 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 casualties: Álvaro (low), 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.
But OM could also have other absences for Thursday. In fact, Arkadiusz Milik (recovery), Cédric Bakambu (beat against PAOK) and Duje Ćaleta-Car (absent against Montpellier) are not sure. It only remains to wait for the revelation of the Olympic outfit for the trip to Greece.
It is not easy not to be able to count on everyone for this match — Sampaoli
Precisely, during this first leg at the Vélodrome, the Polish evening referee sanctioned Kamara and Gerson with yellow cards (even red for the Brazilian). Both midfielders were suspended and will therefore miss the second leg in Greece! A great blow for Jorge Sampaoli although the coach has many solutions in this position. This is also the case for Bamba Dieng, who received a yellow card.
“It’s not easy not being able to count on everyone for this match. It will be necessary to have the available players. But it seems to me that a team like mine, which offers so much play, receives too many yellow cards than it deserves. Now we have to prepare for Montpellier. » jorge sampaoli – Source: Press conference (07/04/22)