OM under threat, Sampaoli fears tragedy

Three lengths ahead of AS Monaco, its first pursuer, Olympique de Marseille knows its second place threatened in Ligue 1. Coach Jorge Sampaoli fears to finish a notch lower and to live a perilous summer.

For Olympique de Marseille, the defeat of Stade Rennais in Nantes (2-1) on Wednesday does not eliminate all threats. The Rouge et Noir, future opponents of the Marseille club on Saturday at Roazhon Park, are now relegated to six points. But AS Monaco remains on the lookout with only three units behind the Olympians. Suddenly, Jorge Sampaoli can not help but imagine his team losing its second place before challenging Rennes and Strasbourg.

I don’t think there is an obligation. It will be especially difficult because we have two games left against two teams who are also fighting for Europe.warned the Argentinian at a press conference. It will be two finals. We are not talking about teams that play for maintenance and have nothing left to play for. We can finish second, but we can also still finish fourth or fifth. We have a reality, but not an obligation. »

It would be very nice if we finished second, and if we finished third it would be more problematic for the preparation at the start of the season, with the play-off rounds to qualify for the group stage of the Champions Leagueimagined Jorge Sampaoli. It’s difficult to analyze today, we’ll see afterwards how to plan the preparation and how we also strengthen the team according to the place in which we finish. It would be great to finish second, it would be a little more dramatic to finish third, but it will be even worse if we finish fourth. »

Pay attention to relaxation

Everything will be played on these last two games. We know the need for the club, but we also know that we have a very young squad that has fought all season to achieve the goals. We have a high total of points, we could already say that we have had a good season, but there are other teams that are still following in the standings. We can’t give up on these last ten days “Concluded the Marseille coach, worried about ruining everything in these last two games, and going through preliminary rounds which do not succeed for French clubs.

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