On Saturday night, OM won against Villarreal with a score of 2-1 at the Vélodrome. And inevitably, Jorge Sampaoli was happy at the final whistle.
In a week, serious things will start for OM. A first league match against a rival not easy to negotiate, Montpellier, for which the Marseillais have prepared themselves well. On the lawn of the Velodrome, in front of 30,000 spectators, Jorge Sampaoli’s troops defeated the winner of the Europa League, admittedly deprived of many important players such as Pau Torres, Dani Parejo or Gerard Moreno.
Facing Unai Emery’s team, the Olympians showed a very attractive face. In front of an audience on fire who was only waiting to see his favorites at work, a player like Luan Peres has already scored points, just as Dimitri Payet has scored to be in excellent shape. An offensive animation which augurs only good things, and which pleased the Argentinian coach.
Sampaoli loved meeting the public
“It was something very strong for me. At the edge of the pitch, with all this euphoria in the stands and this crowd that really wanted to help the team … I’m happy to be able to participate in that. With the current context of the pandemic, I really hope that the next match can be played in a full Velodrome. This energy helps us move forward. We’re playing for that, actually. We need this popular jubilation ”, launched the Marseille coach after the meeting.
“We tried to play this game as if it was a competitive game. We are still at the very start of the season. We were able to play against the European C3 champion, so it’s a very demanding match, but it prepares us well for what will happen and which will be very difficult. To finish the preparation like that, with our public who supported us in our stadium, it is a very good omen for the future ”, concluded the Argentinian. We will now have to repeat this performance at La Mosson on Sunday!