Frustrated and disappointed, but envy. Feelings shared Thursday evening in Moscow for Olympique de Marseille after the draw (1-1) against Lokomotiv, for their entry into the running in the Europa League. The Olympians were equalized when they should have won this match, after the quality and the desire shown by the young troop of Jorge Sampaoli.
“Our mistake was not to realize our chances, we should have scored before. We had a series of chances, a possession percentage greater than 70%, a lot of strikes… ”, listed the Argentine coach. And a generous penalty awarded by the referee in the 59th, on an overflow of Under slightly unbalanced by Tiknizyan. The defender of Lokomotiv was even expelled for his gesture more clumsy than dangerous.
“I am happy with the service, even if the result seems unfair”
A logical opening of the scoring, but ultimately counterproductive since the Marseillais never managed to score, despite the numerical superiority of 30 minutes. “We are very disappointed. Today we had to bring back three points. We have to kill the match long before, especially since they are at 10. But it is not because we are leading 1-0 that we have won. In the 88th, we must not take this against either, we must make them run, ”analyzed William Saliba afterwards. The defender saw Valentin Rongier lose the ball in front of his eyes in the last minutes, and especially Anjorin deceive Pau Lopez. The goalkeeper is far from reassuring for his second tenure.
“We are frustrated but we had to score the second goal. But the equalizer does not erase our very good game. We came to win and we did everything for that “, preferred to put Jorge Sampaoli into perspective, like Saliba:” We are very frustrated because it was an excellent match. We must not take everything away either, we played well with the ball, attacked well, we should have scored two or three goals ”.
Guendouzi, Under, Gerson, Rongier, in spite of his error, and the entering Lirola, have tried everything but it is in the last gesture that they sinned. Like Bamba Dieng, much more timid than against Monaco. Nothing to worry about Sampaoli. “Despite the end, I’m happy to have seen this team with a lot of youngsters trying to win and score. I am happy with the performance, even if the result seems unfair. We must not forget the match we played. Football is like that. It’s a very short tournament. Sometimes we save a point and it’s a bit unfair, tonight we lose two. We hope to recover them quickly. We still have to work, there are still games, ”he said. OM will return to the League on Sunday against Rennes before going on 5 matches in 15 days.