Thanks to their victory against Strasbourg (4-0) and the draw snatched by Lens against Monaco (2-2), OM finished in second place in Ligue 1 this Saturday, synonymous with direct qualification for the next Ligue des champions. Players and staff understood the news with the explosion of joy in the Velodrome at the end of the game.
OM can thank Ignatius Ganago and RC Lens. Thanks to a last-minute goal from the Cameroonian international, the Sang et Or club drew (2-2) at Bollaert this Saturday against AS Monaco, during the 38th day of Ligue 1, thus offering second place in the championship at OM.
Winner of Strasbourg (4-0) at the same time, Marseille achieved its goal, with direct qualification for the next group stage of the Champions League. “Honestly, I thought the game was over at 2-1 for Monaco. So we tried to push because I believe that by scoring the fifth, we went ahead. Pol Lirola had a chance and at the corner I I heard behind me that Lens had equalized so I decided to play it quietly, said Mattéo Guendouzi all smiles. We deserve what is happening to us. We had a wonderful season, everyone pushed in the right direction. “
“It’s up to our leaders to work now”, loose Payet
Twenty times in second place during the season, OM “deserve more than anyone” this qualification according to Guendouzi. “A lot of people buried us before the game. We missed the game in Rennes but we knew that by focusing on us, we could do it,” added the French midfielder, who is enjoying a “magnificent season”.
If he was not present on the field due to his calf injury, Dimitri Payet lived the meeting at the Vélodrome, in support of the group. “The heart, it was complicated. We no longer watched our match but that of Lens on the phone. It’s a horrible scenario but which turns in our direction, I think it’s deserved. For Europe, it It’s frustrating to finish one step away from the final but in the league, the objective set is achieved by finishing second behind this machine that is PSG, said the Marseille playmaker, who has carried his team in recent months. The season is good. We have suffered in recent weeks, we had to do it. It is up to our leaders to work now.”
“I’m sure we would have scored the fifth, it’s only at OM that we can see that,” said Rongier
OM obtained their sesame, important for the club, at the end of the 56th contested match of the season. The emotion of the last seconds at the Vélodrome will remain as the highlight of the exercise. “It was thanks to the noise of the stadium that I understood. I was on the opposite side of the bench, I saw the stadium which exploded when we had not scored so it was necessarily that. I looked at the bench and I understood, dropped Valentin Rongier. I’m sure we would have scored the fifth otherwise, it’s only OM that we can see. It’s the most beautiful emotion I have experienced in sport so far is indescribable.”
This second place will also have consequences on the transfer window, probably like William Saliba, for whom it “would be a great pleasure to come back”, he who was on loan from Arsenal. Jorge Sampaoli, who experienced “enormous joy” in the stadium, in the presence of his two children in particular, also understood that the qualification was acquired when the stadium exploded with joy. Under contract until June 2023, the Argentine technician also dropped a “yes” at a press conference to a journalist throwing him a “see you next year”.