LIVE – PAOK-OM Preview: Match referee is a very bad memory… for PSG

The referee of PAOK-OM… is the one of Real-PSG

UEFA has appointed the Dutchman Danny Makkelie to take charge of the second leg of the quarter-finals of conference league between PAOK Thessaloniki and OM. And he is none other than the one who refereed PSG’s thrashing on Real Madrid’s pitch last March, in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16.

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The probable composition of Marseille, with Mandanda and Harit

Without Arek Milik, still not recovered from his injury contracted in the national team with Poland, nor Gerson, Boubacar Kamara and Bamba Dieng, the three suspended for this second leg in Thessaloniki, the Argentine coach and his squad are forced to rack their brains. According to our information, Amine Harit should start attacking alongside Cengiz Ünder and Dimitri Payet. The former Nantes player, on fire against Montpellier on Sunday in Ligue 1 (2-0), would take the place of Cédric Bakambu, starter in the first round.

The probable composition of OM against PAOK (in 4-3-3)

Mandanda – Lirola, Saliba Caleta-Car, Luan Peres – Guendouzi, Gueye, Rongier – Ünder, Payet, Harit

Jorge Desio sur Sampaoli

“Every time I have a press conference, it’s good to have a question about Sampaoli. His personality is atypical, authentic. He lives the matches with a lot of intensity. He lives the game, he lives the matches. He is very motivated in the idea of ​​seeing OM discuss this match and qualify for the semi-finals despite the difficulty of this match”.

Jorge Desio on the wave

“We haven’t done anything special in terms of the environment. We are preparing the game to be ready to play a soccer game on the field. We are focused on the game area, the field, preparing our tactics and do not stop taking care of rest and the environment.”

Jorge Desio on Milik’s absence

“Indeed Milik did not make the trip, we also have some players sanctioned. We are missing important players but those who arrived are also important. There is a lot of desire in the group and we really want to get a good result, we have a lot of motivation. There are six or seven youngsters who haven’t played one or two games in the First Division. And we are going to face this challenge.”

“Milik still has this injury that he contracted during the match with his team. The evolution is favorable, but the medical staff considered that it was premature to play him on Thursday taking into account many criteria. We hope that he will return as soon as possible.” possible, but I can’t tell you if he will be available on Sunday.”

Jorge Desio (Sampaoli’s assistant) on the match against PAOK

“We had already analyzed PAOK before facing them. It is not necessary to highlight one individuality more than another, but to insist on the collective strength of this team. It will be a difficult match. And the key to the match will be knowing how to prevail. your game strategy and tactics during the 90 minutes”.

“We are always very aware of having possession of the ball and being the leading team in the game. We believe that our team should be an offensive team that can get the ball back quickly. I have always insisted on recovering the ball and we have not changed our training methods, we have always had the same principles of play from the beginning.”

Milik lost well against PAOK, Caleta-Car OK

Jorge Desio, assistant coach, confirms the loss of Milik, whose injury is progressing “favourably”. It remains to be seen if he will be available for the clash against PSG on Sunday. Duje Caleta-Car is well prepared to play against PAOK on Thursday.

Mandanda on the importance of the Conference League

“From the moment we play in a competition, the idea is to go all the way. It doesn’t have the prestige of the Champions League or the Europa League, but we want to do everything possible to win this trophy”.

Mandanda about the match against PAOK

“We are going to play an important game, which can allow us to be in the semifinals of a European Cup, we are going to play it as a very important game. Each club has its history.

Mandanda about your status

“I handled it calmly, there were moments that were easier to live with than others, but the most important thing is the group, each one of us has our personal cases, but the most important thing is the objective of the club”.

“It’s always a pleasure to be on the pitch, I take what I’m given with great pleasure.”

Mandanda about the matches against PAOK and PSG

“We handle it normally, we have set ourselves a double objective for the end of the season, we have to play the shots well, the number 1 objective is to qualify on Thursday, we will have a little time later to prepare for the match. Sunday.”

Mandanda on the atmosphere of the party

“Honestly, I never prepare what I am going to say in the locker room, it depends on the moment, on how I feel in the present moment. We know what awaits us in terms of the environment, we know the team we have”. let’s face it. It is up to us to maintain what we are doing, maintain that serenity in the use of the ball. We are aware of what awaits us.”

Mandanda on the absent

“Of course it’s not the ideal situation, but it allows us to trust the group, it also allows those who are absent to recover, we are a very united group, that lives well, everyone wants ‘to be together, it’s time to prove it’. .”

Mandanda on the atmosphere of the party

Mandanda on the atmosphere to come against PAOK: “I have lived many games with different atmospheres, apparently tomorrow will be a very hot atmosphere, but we play football to experience moments like this, it is up to us to stay calm”. so that we can maintain our advantage.”

The OM conference will start soon

Jorge Desio, assistant coach of OM, is expected in a press conference in a few moments with Steve Mandanda.

Milik package for PAOK-OM

Arkadiusz Milik will not travel from Marseille to Greece for Thursday’s match. The Polish striker, out of the group against Montpellier on Sunday, is still not 100% recovered from his injury contracted in the national team.


PAOK coach addresses attitude of Marseille fans

Lucescu, PAOK coach, at a press conference this Wednesday, in statements translated by provence: “What I said was shocking to the French, but what the French fans did for two days wasn’t it shocking? We went to France for a match, accompanied by our supporters. What happened in Marseille is not my fault. The atmosphere It will be strong. in Toumba to put pressure on the Marseillais and I said that it was better that the Marseilles did not come to avoid that “Something bad is happening. It is the people of Marseille who must be criticized, not me. We are going to show everyone that we have a very ardent following, without resorting to fighting.”

>>> more details here

OM press conference at 6 pm

Steve Mandanda is expected

PAOK-OM Thursday at 9:00 p.m.

Tense match this Thursday at 9:00 p.m. between PAOK Thessaloniki and OM, in the second leg of the Europa League Conference quarterfinals.

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