When nearly a year ago, Marseille bought the American billionaire Frank McCourt, who had previously owned the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball giant, he was on the European scene with one of the most famous French football clubs. This year, he certainly has the opportunity to move the OM to the basic classes of the European League, where he starts confronting Konyaspor.
For over five years, the Marseilles showcase of valuable trophies remains empty. The last time in 2012 was the Cup for the triumph of the domestic League Cup and nothing since. Fans must be baffled by the fact that France has been holding its big rival PSG for years with unlimited financial means. And last year was Monaco.
McCourt wants to create a project on the Azuro Coast to compete successfully not only with the French environment but also with Europe. However, it is a short time for positive or negative evaluation of its actions. Anyway, one thing is certain. Olympique will not enter this year’s main European League phase in optimal comfort.
In total, Les Phocéens, without any major problems, slipped through both pre-schools, where they encountered Oostende and Domzale, but at the end of August they remained unbeaten. But then two league balls came in, at the back of the nearby Monaco and at home with Rennes, and suddenly the situation was not so pink. During these two rounds, they collected nine goals together!
Coach Rudi García would not like to talk about a minor crisis in his team, but anyway he has been very disturbed by these results. “If you do not win a single duel when you lose the ball in the middle of the pitch, when you have no balance in defense, your opponent will punish you,” he was aware of the duel with Rennes. “I’m not afraid, I’m just sad.”
Despite the poor form, they should have the home quality to get the desired three points. The Turkish opponent is still learning on the European field. “I do not want to see this game anymore, I do not like losing and I feel terrible, but we must not go mad, now we have to win another match and I hope we can do it on Thursday,” Garcia added.
Konyaspor made a comeback in the European League over last year’s victory in the home cup and the group will play for the second time in a row. In the last year, however, his participation among European clubs did not work best, he managed to score only one point against Braze out of six matches. So far, he is still waiting for his premiere three-point result.
Mustafa Resita Akcaye’s coach-in-season season failed, and they lost three rounds in the four-wheeled league and were just above the descent. “If we play tactically, we can achieve success,” the guest strategist thinks. “We know our situation is complicated in the group, but nothing is impossible,” he said, responding to potential ambitions.