“We have to believe in it, even if there is only a 1% chance”: like Jonathan Clauss, OM ensure that they have not completely given up on direct qualification for the Champions League, even if they no longer has its destiny in its hands and that a victory on Saturday against Brest will not be enough.
With two matches to play and five points behind Lens, which receives the red lantern Ajaccio on Saturday, already relegated for a long time, the small 1% mentioned by Clauss does indeed seem to be a fairly fair assessment.
Unless there is a huge surprise, OM will no longer see the Sang et Or again and will therefore have to settle for 3rd place in the championship, which will earn them two preliminary rounds in August before having the right to find the hens of the League. Champions.
“If you are a competitor, the question does not arise. Obviously we will believe in it until the end. This 1%, we will defend it until the end”, therefore assured Clauss Thursday at a press conference.
“We have a goal but also an ego and pride. We want to fight until the end. It’s more and more complicated but it’s not because it’s complicated that you have to let go”, insisted the former … Lensois.
Beyond the slim hope of C1, the Marseillais are also attached to the idea of correctly ending a difficult season to read, where the objectives have not been achieved despite often very good performances.
“I saw that OM had never exceeded 78 points in the league. We can get 79 and that would be a great conclusion for this season, explained Ukrainian midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi to AFP. It’s the last game at home, the stadium will be full, we absolutely have to win.”
The Vélodrome will indeed be sold out again – it has been all season -, especially since the supporters have planned a giant tifo, on four stands, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1993 coronation in the Champions League .
While some uncertainty surrounds his future and will occupy Marseille news at the end of the season, Igor Tudor for his part assured that the reception of Brest (14th), saved and released, had been “prepared as always”.
“We have a game to win, the last one at home. We want to play a good game, finish with a good victory, a good performance and give pleasure to the tifosi as to us”, he said.
“This year, we offered a lot of good matches, football that was enjoyed, and the boys always gave their all. We will probably finish 3rd. It’s a good position. We would have liked to finish first or second, but probably that some were better than us”, added the Croatian technician, this time fatalistic.
To believe that there is perhaps not even a 1% chance…