Marcelino calms things down with OM


By: Manu Tournoux

Expected in Marseille on Thursday evening as part of the round of 16 of the Europa League, Marcelino returned to his time at OM this Wednesday.

Having left with a bang last September after a stormy meeting between the management and the supporters of OM, Marcelino had made unkind remarks towards the Marseille club upon his departure: “ My very short experience makes me think that this is a club where creating a project is absolutely impossible. »

This Wednesday at a press conference, on the eve of the round of 16 first leg of the Europa League between Marseille and Villarreal, the Spanish technician did not fail to reflect on his Olympian experience. “ I have no regrets about my time at OM, I prefer to look at the past with a positive perspective and focus on the present », says the person concerned.

“I haven’t thought about what awaits me”

I left because there was a consensus between all parties, these were the circumstances. (…) Sometimes you have to make decisions. Now it’s time to look at the past and try to learn from it. My time at OM was a stage where I learned a lot, both professionally and sportingly, even if it was shorter than I wanted. Now I’m happy at another club, but you know, that’s the life of a coach. Today you are here, tomorrow you will be somewhere else. It’s difficult to predict, but in any case, I have no regrets, my conscience is very clear. »

As for the very certainly hostile reception from the Vélodrome towards him on Thursday evening, Marcelino takes note of it with hindsight. “ The protagonists are always the players, they are the ones who give us and who shape this magnificent sport and spectacle. For my part, I am more in the background, in the background, and I have not yet thought about what awaits me. I was lucky enough to be the coach of OM to be able to experience this magnificent atmosphere, in this superb Vélodrome stadium. Now I will have the opportunity to discover it as a visiting coach. As I mentioned before, this stadium is different, the atmosphere is different. »

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