• OM have decided, in agreement with UEFA, to invite 10,000 young people from football clubs in the region for Thursday's match against Lazio Rome.

  • The north turn of the Stade Vélodrome was initially scheduled to be closed, after the incidents against Galatasaray in the last Europa League game.

  • Nearly 60,000 supporters are expected Thursday, in a crucial match for the qualification for the round of 16, after three draws.

“A great initiative.

Olympique de Marseille have decided to invite 10,000 children from amateur football clubs in the Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur region for the Europa League match against Lazio Rome this Thursday.

The initiative was taken jointly with UEFA, when the north turn of the Stade Vélodrome was initially due to be closed after the incidents that occurred during the previous Europa League meeting between OM and Galatasaray.

Incidents mainly caused by supporters of the Turkish team, let us remember.

"We must win at all costs"

The coach of Olympique de Marseille, Jorge Sampaoli, judges this initiative as "formidable", while this match "is even more vital than the one against Galatasaray" for his team. “It is a very noble gesture to occupy a platform in this way, it will help generate a feeling of belonging to these young people. It's also important to play in front of 56,000 people, that will help us. There will be special expectations, but above all, it will be an opportunity for these young people to vibrate with their team. And whatever the result, the most important thing is to show that we are playing with a lot of desire, ”considers Jorge Sampaoli.

And whatever the outcome.

Finally, not quite, since with three points in three games, OM must win against Lazio, the strongest opponents in the group.

“We need all the points, they are all important.

I don't think we have the points we deserve for our performance.

We must therefore collect as many points as possible to qualify and demonstrate that these points were won thanks to our game. This match will be difficult, but we must win it at all costs, ”he recalled.

Nearly 60,000 people are expected Thursday evening at the Velodrome stadium for this crucial match.


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