The last day of the Europa League highlighted, once again, the French limits on the European level. Marseille, Bordeaux and Rennes were beaten by Lazio Rome, Zenit St Petersburg and Dynamo Kiev. On the verge of elimination, our three representatives find this Thursday night the same opponents. Without any pretension.
OM to stop bleeding
Three defeats in a row, in all competitions, for Marseille. A fourth, this Thursday, on the lawn of Lazio Rome will be a first under the era Rudi Garcia, arrived in October 2016. A setback in Italy would mean, in addition, the end of the hopes of the Phoenicians and a European elimination. So, to stop the plummet, the coach promised change.
In defense, Garcia should revive Duje Caleta-Car in the axis, anything but a certainty. Kamara and Amavi should start on the bench. In the middle, the technician could rest Kevin Strootman and relaunch Maxime Lopez, on the bench the last three games. In front, Thauvin and Payet could go on. The Reunion remains the last scorer in Marseille: a free kick at the very end of the first leg.
Bordeaux in front of his new boss
Since Tuesday, it's official: the Girondins have changed ownership. M 6 passed the baton to US investment funds GACP-King Street. And the boss of GACP, Joe DaGrosa, after a press conference this Thursday afternoon, will attend the reception of Zénith St-Petersburg in the evening at Matmut-Atlantique. He will be accompanied by the future president delegate Frédéric Longuépée.
But on the pitch, Bordeaux hopes are slim: Bordeaux must win to avoid elimination. "At the accounting level, we have zero points, it's catastrophic," said coach Eric Bédouet. Never has a team qualified in the round of 32 after three losses in the first three days. Dane Andreas Cornelius, scorer in Lyon (1-1) last Saturday, in the "best game of the season" according to defender Pablo, should begin.
Rennes can believe it
Unlike OM and the Girondins, Rennes is not (yet) on the brink. But the night shift in Kiev, facing Dynamo, is dangerous. In case of another defeat, however, the Bretons would be in big difficulty accountant. To win, Sabri Lamouchi travels to Ukraine without Clément Grenier and Jakob Johansson, holders in Caen last weekend. Hatem Ben Arfa, an uncertain time, is part of the trip but should not begin. If Rennes brings back at least one point from Kiev, he could still believe in the qualification.