Marseille 0-3 Atletico Madrid. The scoreline suggested a comprehensive win for Atleti, however, Marseille fans would beg to differ. The OM supporters would argue their team was in the ascendancy for the first twenty minutes of the game yet Dimitri Payet’s injury deprived the club of its star performer.
Atleti were never going to concede silly goals & the Spaniards were always going to put up a fight in the middle of the park. The end result was a deserved triumph for Atleti who presented coach Diego Simeone with his 2nd Europa League trophy since joining the club. For Marseille, a promising week may yet end on a more sour note if OM fail to beat Amiens in Ligue 1 later today.
The southern French club is fighting with Monaco and Lyon for 2 Champions League spots. Ligue 1 champions PSG have obviously secured the other spot reserved for France in Europe’s elite competition. The consequences of missing out on Champions League football for another season will be dire not just in terms of finishing 4th in Ligue 1 behind PSG, Monaco & Lyon but also the missed opportunity of bringing in much needed revenue.
The Champions League guarantees a financial windfall via both the allocated revenue for French clubs but also via game day tickets and further merchandise sales. Marseille will likely beat Amiens but their fate will be decided by Monaco and Lyon. If the latter two sides win their games, then Marseille must settle for a disappointing 4th place finish in Ligue 1.
In what appeared to be a promising season at one stage has slowly descended into a chaotic and disappointing one. Things may still get worse if OM fail to snatch 2nd or 3rd place in the French League.
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