OM returns to the Champions League


By: Manu Tournoux

Forced to compete in the C3 play-offs, OM players will face an opponent from the Champions League.

OM is making a sort of comeback towards the start of the season. Deprived of the scent of the Champions League, eliminated on August 15 in the 3rd qualifying round by the Greeks of Panathinaikos, the Marseille club indirectly returns to flirt with the most prestigious of European cups.

Gennaro Gattuso’s players will face in two months an opponent who played all six matches in the C1 group stage. This is the fate reserved for the teams who arrived second in their Europa League group, like OM, beaten to the wire Thursday evening in Brighton (1-0).

Samuel Gigot and his teammates expect solid opposition, like a possible duel with AC Milan, third in the PSG group in the Champions League. Or an affordable round trip against the Swiss Young Boys of Bern.

The draw for the round of 16 and play-offs of the Europe League will take place on Monday December 18.

OM’s potential opponents in the Europa League:

Galatasaray, Braga, Benfica, Feyenoord Rotterdam, AC Milan, Young Boys and Shakhtar Donetsk.

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