Marseille were the team eliminated after a crazy day in Group D of the UEFA Champions League. Tottenham‘s 95th-minute goal at the Stade Velodrome put the Londoners in first place and knocked the French side out of the Europa League position.
Second in the group was Eintracht Frankfurt, who beat Sporting Clube de Portugal 2-1 (who will play in the Europa League), and that result (which had been the case since the 72nd minute) meant that the 1-1 draw between Marseille and Tottenham meant that the French side were third.
However, as Chancel Mbemba admitted, the team was unaware of this fact during the match. The Congolese centre-back regretted that nobody informed the players that the result was enough for them.
« On the pitch we didn’t know, but on the bench people knew. There was no communication. We are angry because it happened at the end, but we didn’t know. It’s our mistake, » he told RMC Sport.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg‘s 95th-minute goal from a counterattack confirmed Tottenham‘s victory and Marseille‘s elimination from all European competition. The goal came with the other group game already over and with Tottenham and Marseille both looking for a second goal.
Marseille coach Igor Tudor attributed the failure to « noise ». « There was confusion in the last few minutes, there was a lot of noise, » he stressed, pointing to the French bench’s unwillingness to inform the players themselves about the group accounts.
« We don’t talk about results. We want them to concentrate on the game and not think about anything else. It was not about results but about telling them not to go on the attack, » said Tudor.
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