By conceding the draw (0-0) against Feynoord Rotterdam, the Marseillais were eliminated in the semi-final of the Europa League Conference.
Dimitri Payet was forced to leave his teammates through injury in the 30th minute of play, the turning point of the match according to his coach Jorge Sampaoli.
At the Velodrome stadium,
At the Velodrome stadium,
Dimitri Payet is missing, and all of OM is depopulated.
Terrible curse for the number 10 of Olympique de Marseille, forced to leave his teammates in the 32nd minute, through injury, during the elimination of the Marseillais in the semi-final of the Europa League Conference against Rotterdam.
"We held the match until Payet's injury," lamented Jorge Sampaoli.
The playmaker had shown the way to his teammates by lighting the first fuse of this match, with a nice shot from the left, without managing to frame it, unfortunately for OM (20th).
And his exit with an injury, apparently to the calf, coincided with a highlight for the Rotterdam players, late in the first half.
“Dimitri is a very important player for us”
Afterwards, the Marseillais never knew how to find the fault in the defense of Rotterdam.
“Frankly, the exit of Payet changed the game a lot, the game plan was different.
We changed the plan, we tried to find alternatives.
We had density, but I think that in the opponent's area we lacked precision, ”said Jorge Sampaoli.
And that's an understatement, since neither Milik, who came on in place of Payet, nor Dieng, holder and replaced by Bakambu, managed to score this goal synonymous with extra time.
“We had a different game plan, with a false number 9. We are very disappointed for him, he is having a superb season.
We hope it won't be too serious, ”regrets his friend Mattéo Guendouzi.
For Luan Peres, the exit of his playmaker also counted a lot in this elimination:
“Dimitri is a very important player for us, everyone knows that.
He's a different player, of course we need him because he's a player of another level.
And the Marseillais will still need him to fulfill the now only objective of this end of the season for OM, a second place synonymous with qualification for the Champions League.
Except that at the end of the match, no one knew if Dimitri Payet could play Sunday against Lorient (5:05 p.m.).
“He is injured, but we do not know the exact nature of the injury.
We will see tomorrow with the medical staff, he will undergo examinations to determine the level of severity of this injury, ”explained Jorge Sampaoli.
An absence for the rest of the season would be terrible for OM and Dimitri Payet.
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