OM: Europe doesn’t suit him so well anymore …

Eliminated from the Europa League after his defeat against Galatasaray (2-4), Olympique de Marseille has confirmed its difficulties on the European scene. OM and the European Cup are no longer a beautiful love story.

Gerson and OM fell on the Galatasaray pitch

Forever the first . Twenty-eight years after Olympique de Marseille’s victory in the Champions League final against AC Milan, the slogan keeps coming back. The first and only French team to have won the C1, OM remains a separate club. A club whose European culture has often discouraged passions in Canebire and in France.

In Marseille, the European Cup is queen. But it is clear that the club phocen is struggling more and more to shine there. There is indeed this final of the Europa League in 2018 (defeated 0-3 against Atletico Madrid) which marked the spirits, but it is – despite the feat – insufficient to erase the (too) many disappointments of the last years. The most recent is this elimination of the C3 act Thursday evening after the defeat on the ground of Galatasaray (2-4).

The Europa League 2021-2022, it’s already over for OM

While there is still a day to go, the Phocens already leave the Europa League after five games without a win (4 draws and a defeat). And a label that sticks to his skin: that of a club that no longer knows how to win in the European Cup. Indeed, Marseille has won only one of its last 19 games on the European scene. During this period, the Marseillais totaled 13 losses, 5 draws and therefore a victory. It was against Olympiakos (2-1), in December 2020, during the group stage of the Champions League.

In view of recent statistics, the beautiful campaign of the 2017-2018 season would almost pass for an anomaly: 3 points in the group stage of the Champions League in 2020-2021, 1 point in the Europa League in 2018-2019, elimination in the 16th of final of the C3 (0-1, 1-1 against Bilbao) in 2015-2016, 0 points in C1 in 2013-2014, 5 points in C3 in 2012-2013… We must go back to the 2010-2011 seasons (elimination in 8th final of the LoC against Manchester United – 0-0, 1-2) and 2011-2012 (elimination in the quarter-final of the LoC against Bayern Munich – 0-2, 0-2) to review OM among the 16 best teams in Europe.

OM can still play C4

Has OM become the looser of the big French clubs in the European Cup? Once again, the C3 final in 2018 would be overshadowed too quickly. But Marseille must, lack consistency and do not live up to expectations. A club that aims to settle on the podium in Ligue 1 every year must do well on the European scene. At least to win matches.

The Olympians may still have the chance to continue their European campaign, should they draw or win against Lokomotiv Moscow on the final day, but it will be downstairs, in the new Europa League Conference. A C4 which does not really correspond to the ambitions and the renown of the club phocen.

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