Behind closed doors, Marseille, bottom of Group D, welcomes Sporting Portugal on Tuesday 4 October during the third day of the 2022-2023 UEFA Champions League. Evening goal: First points of the season C1.
Is it time for Marseille to kick off this season in the Champions League? The Foggies will try to get their first points against Sporting Portugal, on day three and behind closed doors. During the previous C1 match at home, which was lost to Frankfurt, new events took place between Marseille and the German supporters. Vélodrome was suspended and UEFA cracked down, imposing a total behind closed doors against Sporting as well as closing North Bend for the upcoming match against Tottenham.
If OM marched last Friday in Ligue 1 at Angers (3-0), Igor Tudor’s men’s job promises to be even more difficult in the Vélodrome against the Ruben Amorim players. Marseille, second in the French championship, will face a team.” Important ” with ” good players warns Igor Theodor.
If Sporting are struggling in the league (7 points 9 behind Benfica), they present a completely different face on the European scene after impressive victories against Frankfurt (3-0) and Tottenham (2-0) who are opposing in the other Group D. For their part, OM lost 2-0 to Tottenham and 1-0 at home to Frankfurt.
Eric Bailey is back
This summer, Marseille saw Chancelle Mpemba, Eric Bailly and Alexis Sanchez. Three players expect to bring their Champions League experience. ” We know the importance of this game “,” admitted in a press conference the Congolese Chancel Mbemba, who will return from suspension in front of the Portuguese. And to add about the camera: “ For us, it won’t change anything. We know the fans will be behind us anyway. We will wet the shirt to please them. »
A thigh injury against Eintracht Frankfurt on September 13 in the Champions League, Ivorian international defender Eric Bailly should return to the Marseille group against Sporting Portugal. After three weeks of recovery, he was on the set in Angers, got ready for action and appears to be working for Sporting. OM coach Igor Theodor called him for the trip to Angers in case. Bayley did not get into play.
Chilean Alexis Sanchez, 65 games in C1 on the clock, has not scored any goals in the European Cup for almost a year and won a match with Inter against the Sheriff of Tiraspol (3-1, 3 November 2021). ” They are experienced players, but above all I expect results as a team. Tomorrow, we have to put in a great performance and hopefully bring us at least one point says Igor Theodor.
With Marseille now playing a good part of their future in the Champions League, Sporting Portugal have a chance to cement their leadership position at the top of Group D.