By Le Figaro with AFP
Published 2 hours ago, Updated 5 minutes ago
Gennaro Gattuso, the Olympic coach. NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP
OM beat Ajax at home on the fifth day of the Europa League, helped by a hat-trick from Aubameyang
OM coach Gennaro Gattuso welcomed a victory on Thursday which “good for the head» after his team’s 4-3 success against Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League.
«A draw could have been enough for us but we played to win. I am happy and proud. We needed a match like this, which is good for the mind and the atmosphere», Declared Gattuso at a press conference. OM, still recovering, suffered to win and had to wait for a penalty in added time to win. Before that, the Marseillais had led three times but had been caught three times.
«Right now I’m willing to take five if we score six and win 6-5. The important thing right now is to win. Afterwards, we will study the goals taken», assured the Italian.
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«We tried different things with individual marking. We suffered but at times we did very good things. We knew we were going to take more risks. There are things we could have done better but the boys were very good. They gave everything, their soul and their life“, again estimated the Marseille coach.
«We could do better on the goals conceded but the important thing was to win. Now we have to improve our ranking in the league. Today, looking at him is a little scary,” Gattuso concluded.
OM, who have a game in hand, are 12th in L1, only 3 points ahead of the play-off team, Lorient.