OM failed to reverse the trend against Feyenoord Rotterdam and will therefore not play in the Conference League final.
Beaten 3-2 in the first leg in the Netherlands, Olympique de Marseille needed a victory, regardless of the score, to snatch at least extra time at the Vélodrome on Thursday evening. Dull and without ideas, the men of Jorge Sampaoli did not achieve their objective by conceding a draw against a fine team from Feyenoord Rotterdam (0-0). The Dutch will face AS Roma in the final, José Mourinho’s men having beaten the English of Leicester at the same time. Obviously, a poster in the final between Roma and OM would have made the Marseille fans salivate, who would have turned out in large numbers in Tirana in Albania. A poster between Roma and OM would also have pleased José Mourinho, the coach of the Italian club.
José Mourinho already saw himself facing OM
In a press conference after the qualification of his team at the expense of Leicester, the “Special One” also admitted that the elimination of OM against Feyenoord had surprised him a lot. In a white-hot Velodrome, José Mourinho thought that Marseille would manage to turn the situation around. This was ultimately not the case, prompting the former Chelsea manager to be cautious with his final against Feyenoord. “We have to respect the Feyenoord. I didn’t see the match today (Thursday) but to go to Marseille, in this stadium and this atmosphere, against a great team which makes a great championship, and go to the final with a draw, it’s incredible » launched José Mourinho, who already saw himself in the final against Olympique de Marseille when he qualified with Roma against Leicester… before finally discovering what it was Feyenoord who had obtained their qualification at the Vélodrome in general surprise.