Marcelino talks about his return to the Vélodrome


By: Manu Tournoux

Dismissed by OM at the start of the season, Marcelino will make his comeback at the Vélodrome as coach of Villarreal.

After knocking out Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League play-offs, Olympique de Marseille will face Villarreal in the round of 16. The first leg will take place next Thursday at the Vélodrome. A Phocaean venue which will resonate less loudly than usual with the closure of the Virage Nord due to the smoke erupted during the reception of the Ukrainians.

A meeting which will be marked by the great return of Marcelino to the Vélodrome, he who was dismissed from the Olympian club at the start of the season. During a press conference this Friday, the Spanish technician spoke about his reunion with Marseille, regretting that the stadium will not be full for the occasion.

“When the stadium is full, it’s very beautiful”

“I didn’t even know (that the Virage Nord will be closed, editor’s note)he confided. Either way, we have to play the game. But when the stadium is full, it’s very beautiful. The atmosphere they create is worth experiencing. On the other hand, in front of an empty stand, I have never experienced that. Finally, I would prefer to go see them with a full stadium, full of people. »

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