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Europa League: what to think of the OM group? – Season

OM will play Lazio, Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow in the group stage of the Europa League 2021-2022. A not easy draw when, even being pot 3, the Marseille club could have hoped to fall into a pool with Sporting Braga, Red Star Belgrade and Midtjylland. You can relive the draw on video. But it is no longer possible to go back. So we might as well see the positive, the fact that OM will be in a homogeneous group, with only posters or almost. Which will also be interesting for TV rights because the Marseille club is likely to often be the priority for Canal+ and W9. With Russians, who had not left only good memories, it’s an understatement, during their visit to Marseille at Euro 2016, the Turks, but also the Laziales, it also promises entertainment in the stands . But when it comes to the field, what are these opponents really worth?

Lazio version Maurizio Sarri

It is the only group opponent that OM have already crossed paths with. There have already been six matches between the two teams and the record is not to OM’s advantage. The first time was in 1999, in the Champions League. Defeat back and forth (0-2 and 5-1 in the second group stage). In 2005, it was in the intertoto cup. Di Canio and Abdou Méïté answered each other, scoring after both were caught by the collar. On the return, OM had a great match, a 3-0 which may have given rise to the history in Marseille of Franck Ribéry and Mamadou Niang, rookies and scorers on this beautiful summer evening. Finally, three years ago, already in the group stage of the Europa League, Lazio won both ways. For the record, before the first leg, Eyraud had announced the extension of Rudi Garcia. OM lost to the Italians and then to PSG, both times at the Vélodrome. This season, the reception of Lazio should be scheduled… a few days before the reception of PSG! Be careful that history does not repeat itself. At the Laziales, Strakosha, Acerbi, Luiz Felipe, Radu, Lucas Leiva, Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Marusic, Felipe Caceido, Luiz Alberto and the essential Ciro Immobile were already there. Above all, this season, Lazio is coached by Maurizio Sarri. A technician whose paw you immediately recognize on a team, as we have seen in Naples or Chelsea, with a licked game. And from the first day of Serie A, Lazio won by winning outside and playing football, far from the more “realistic” precepts of Simone Inzaghi, who left to train Inter Milan.

Galatasaray and the eternal Fatih Terim

Fatih Terim started coaching Galatasaray in 1996, so 25 years ago! He notably won eight league titles, three cups, a UEFA cup, he left to coach in Serie A in the early 2000s (Fiorentina, AC Milan) while also being the most charismatic coach than Turkey. has known. He is still there, on the bench, giving voice, at 67, for yet another comeback. And his team, what is it worth? Released by PSV Eindhoven at the very start of the preliminary rounds for the Champions League, it is a team with many players who are rather old: goalkeeper Muslera is 35, Ryan Babel is 34, Arda Turan is also 34, Radamel Falcao 35 years old. There are also elements who did not manage to stay in the Premier League like Van Aanholt, DeAndre Yedlin or Mbaye Diagne, who however showed interesting things in the second half of the season with WBA. So distrust.

Ralf Rangnick’s Lokomotiv

It will be another confrontation, like Sampaoli and Sarri, except that it will be played higher up, in the stands. Ralf Rangnick, the man who spent the last decade thinking about the project of RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig has signed up with Lokomotiv Moscow. This will therefore be an opportunity to measure his method against that of Pablo Longoria. This summer, he has already rejuvenated the workforce, separating from those who came to Russia to take good checks (Eder, Corluka, Krychowiak) to seek out young hopefuls (Beka Beka, from Caen, best player in the France during the Olympic Games with Gignac) as well as sure values ​​​​of the Bundesliga (Jedvaj from Leverkusen). It should not therefore be believed that it is the weakest formation of the group, against whom it is necessary to announce aiming for six points. Because if Lokomotiv was in the second hat, it’s not for nothing: they were in the Champions League the last three seasons (in the group of Atletico, Bayern and Salzburg last year). A group with European experience.

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