Bailly will start, a doubt concerning the positioning of Guendouzi
In defense, the good news for OM before the match against Tottenham concerns Éric Bailly who will return to the eleven, since his feelings have been good in training.
Nuno Tavares should also be established despite his poor performance for several weeks. This is the trend.
On the eve of the match, a doubt remains as to the positioning of Matteo Guendouzi. This will be one of the indications of Igor Tudor’s game intentions on Tuesday. Either Guendouzi is aligned in the middle and associated with Veretout, with Under starting alongside Harit and Sanchez, or he remains in the front trio, with therefore a more usual but less attacking pattern with Rongier in the middle. Answer tomorrow.
The probable composition of OM against Tottenham: Pau Lopez – Mbemba, Bailly, Balerdi – Clauss, Guendouzi (or Rongier), Veretout, Tavares – Under (or Guendouzi), Harit – Sanchez.
English fans banned from downtown Marseille
Nearly 2,000 Tottenham supporters are expected in Marseille tomorrow to watch the Champions League clash between the two teams. But English fans will not be able to move freely in the Marseille city. An order from the Bouches-du-Rhône police headquarters has prohibited them from entering the city center since noon Monday (and until 2 a.m. Wednesday). The 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th arrondissements are concerned, i.e. a large sector including in particular the Old Port, the Panier, Notre-Dame de la Garde or the seafront on the corniche. Apart from the supporters transported aboard the buses placed under police escort, no Spurs sympathizers will be able to be near the Vélodrome this Tuesday between 10 a.m. and midnight. Measures aimed at “preventing the risk of confrontation” between the supporters of the two teams.
“Marseille has nothing to envy to Tottenham”, assures Valbuena
OM must imperatively win against Tottenham on Tuesday evening in the Champions League (9 p.m., RMC Sport 1) to reach the round of 16 of the competition. The last time the Marseille club signed such a performance in a similar scenario, it was in Dortmund, in 2011. A 3-2 victory, with a sublime last goal from Mathieu Valbuena, on which the interested party returned for RMC Sport.
But “Petit Vélo” also gave its opinion on the current OM. And he firmly believes in the qualification of the Marseillais. “They made a very good start to the season, Tudor requires a lot of effort, he explains. But they have a physical and also psychological decline I think, because you are still in the race for the Champions League and , casually, it sucks all that energy. They have a slack and it shows in the results and the performances. Tudor has a base and, behind, he does not have a big bench depth. When he rotates, we see that it’s complicated too. Marseille must approach this match without pressure, that it be positive. We must not repeat the mistakes of last year, like against Feyenoord, in the semi-finals. Europa Conference League final, I think they had a no match. Unlike us in 2011, they are playing at home, they will still have the 12th man behind them. I think Tottenham are a weak team, widely taken.”
And to continue: “There is character in this team. There is character in every line. Pau Lopez has come back very well, Mbemba is a very nice find, Guendouzi has character, like Suarez, Harit… Marseille has the team to put on a great match, put on fire and play without pressure. Since the start of the season, Marseille have had nothing to envy to Tottenham. If Marseille plays with its qualities, it can pass. Me, in any case, I I’m very confident.”
Tudor on Gerson
“He played well on Saturday, we’ll see if he plays tomorrow, it will depend. He had a good impact off the bench.”
Tudor on the absence of Conte
“It’s good, it’s good news that he’s not here. But it’s the players who play, not him. And there will be his assistant, he will know how to motivate them.”
Tudor on the Velodrome
“If we imagine that I come from Mars, that I know nothing of Marseille or the Vélodrome, my answer would be to come and see with your eyes and listen with your ears.”
Tudor on the role of substitutes
“We can say that they could have given more. But Gerson and Touré did not displease me in the last match. We play with 16, not 11. Having five changes has changed football a lot.”
Tudor on Guendouzi
“Mattéo is the player who has played the most minutes with Mbemba this season, so I believe there is nothing to add.”
Tudor: “The match of the year because it has a special importance”
“No one can win matches without envy. You must not miss anything, do not make mistakes. It is the match of the year because it has a special importance, especially in view of the last campaigns of Champions League.”
How to explain the end of the match against Strasbourg?
Tudor: “The game is over. It’s hard to understand why there was this draw, but I think the team is playing well, I’m happy with the players. It’s the details that cost us the points.”
Tudor gives news of Bailly and Gueye
“Eric trained, but Pape didn’t.”
It’s Igor Tudor’s turn
The Croatian technician will answer questions from journalists.
Sanchez on the city of Marseille and the Velodrome
“I’ve only been here three or four months, the city is nice, it’s a pretty city. The atmosphere at the stadium is exceptional, it boosts you.”
“He’s a coach who wants his players to be 100 per cent, he asks a lot of his players.”
Sanchez on the bad dynamic of OM
“If we look at the standings, we’re six points from second, we’re still alive. Everyone could do better to catch up and fight against PSG. But I’m confident, you’ve seen the games, it’s not going to happen. really plays for nothing.”
Sanchez on his acclimatization in Marseille
“Football here is more like the English game, with a lot of physicality. I’m very happy here, the fans are great, I can’t leave my house otherwise I’m stopped all the time.”
Sanchez on his experience
“My experience helps me to be calmer, before or after the match. Concentration is very important, that’s what I can bring to the group.”
Sanchez on the enthusiasm of the supporters in the event of qualification
“Winning together would be very good, I’m here to mark the history of the club, my teammates too.”
Sanchez more effective behind the attacker?
Sanchez: “It’s a question for the coach, he’s the one who decides so he’s the one who can answer you.”
A feat of beating Tottenham?
Sanchez: “We play at home, at home, with our fans. I believe in my teammates.”
Sanchez alongside Tudor at a press conference
The two men will answer questions from journalists from 4 p.m.
Romero absent from training
Essential element in the defense of Tottenham, Cristian Romero could miss the decisive duel against Marseille. According Sky Sportsthe Argentinian was not present in training on Monday
Things got heated between a club employee and a supporter after the draw in Strasbourg
According The Team, a spectator who stayed in the stands allegedly shouted loudly at Igor Tudor after the draw against Strasbourg. A behavior that greatly annoyed Alexandre Neyton, the security manager of the OM first team. After curtly reprimanding the supporter in question, this former DGSE would have had a tough exchange with his interlocutor. To the point of having to be calmed down by colleagues so as not to come to blows.
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Reasons to worry ahead of Tottenham ‘game of the year’
While OM started the 2022-2023 financial year on a high note, remaining clinging to the PSG wagon, the trend has reversed in recent weeks. The Marseillais have not won in Ligue 1 since September 30 (3-0 in Angers). Since then, there have been three defeats (Ajaccio, Paris, Lens) and a draw (Strasbourg). Negative results which pushed Marseille back to fifth place in Ligue 1 and three points from the podium.
In the Champions League, defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt erased the double victory against Sporting, acquired each time against an opponent in numerical inferiority. Before the last day, OM are bottom of their group (6 pts) and must imperatively win to qualify for the round of 16.
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A week after the defeat in Frankfurt, OM are playing their last Champions League group match against Tottenham on Tuesday (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1). Back to the wall after a series of negative results, Igor Tudor’s men will play “the match of the year” at the Vélodrome to try to qualify for the knockout stages. Follow all the pre-match info in this live.