April 14, 2024

Cold snap for OM

Gennaro Gattuso had hammered it home. The Italian coach did not want Olympique de Marseille to go 0-0 down in Brighton on Thursday evening, where a draw would have been enough for the Phocéens to secure their direct qualification for the last 16 of the Europa League. But that’s exactly what happened, and OM, no doubt a little too passive, ended up being punished by the Seagulls, …

Gennaro Gattuso had hammered it home. The Italian coach did not want Olympique de Marseille to go 0-0 down in Brighton on Thursday evening, where a draw would have been enough for the Phocéens to secure their direct qualification for the last 16 of the Europa League. But that’s exactly what happened, and OM, no doubt a little too passive, ended up being punished by the Seagulls, who came out on top at the end of the game (1-0).

For 80 minutes, this match was rather strange. Maestro Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton showed much more certainty in their play, but without any real success.and should have benefited from a degree of confidence in their play, but Gattuso’s 3-5-2, with the Vitinha-Aubameyang duo back up front, didn’t produce much in the way of results. And Brighton’s late surge proved fatal, with a fine team move and Joao Pedro’s fine link-up in the box (1-0, 88th).

This first defeat of the season in the Europa League hurts OM, as it deprives them of top spot in the group and direct qualification for the last 16. Instead, they will have to contend with a perilous play-off against a Champions League reversal (AC Milan, Benfica, etc.).