Pfor the third time in history Champions League, a French club failed to score a single goal during the go phase. But unlike Lille in 2005-2006 and Bordeaux in 2006-2007, which had finally finished in third place of their group, OM lost his three first matches, equaling Anderlecht’s record of 12 straight defeats between 2003 and 2005. Beaten on the wire by theOlympiacos for its return to the competition after a seven-year absence (0-1), the Marseille club was then upgradedassé by Manchester City at the Velodrome (0-3), before losing by the same score in Porto on Wednesday night.
At theEstadio do Dragao, André Villas-Boas’ men did not frame a single shot, and even missed a penalty to equalize at the very start of the match, Dimitri’s shot Payet finishing in the stands. A confirmation of the difficulties of Reunion, who has still not scored in C1 despite 33 shots in 18 games. Yet he is one of the few players in the workforce to count experience in competition. With 44 games on the clock, Steve Mandanda is another, and the Olympian captain was necessarily annoyed after this new setback. “We can only be worried”, he then conceded at the microphone of RMC Sport, before being more precise, with strong words.
“I’m going to measure my words, because there, there is no frustration, but anger, disappointment and a lot of negative feelings that emerge. We will have to question ourselves, we are quite simply not at the level of this competition. There are three games left to try to show another face, because here we are ridiculous, he continued. There are things we’re going to say to each other that I don’t want to go out tonight. We have to assume. The coach takes a lot, he protects us a lot, but the truth is that whatever the pattern, the organization, it is up to us, the players, to show, to do what is necessary. In this first leg of the Champions League, we did not do it. We must assume, not hide each time. Because we are primarily responsible for this rotten first phase. “ So it’s up to them to react during the second phase, to hope to grab a third place which is not out range. And avoid a record thirteenth consecutive defeat …