Eliminated from the C3, Marseille must ensure this Thursday evening to be transferred to the Europa League Conference. A meager consolation prize.
The group stage of the Champions League delivered its verdict on Wednesday evening. It is now the turn of the Europa League and the Europa League Conference this Thursday. Competitions where French clubs shine: Lyon and Monaco have already secured first place in their group in C3, and the same for Rennes in C4. OM, on the other hand, are already eliminated from the Europa League. And he will have to fight to get a ticket for the C4, and thus prolong the happiness of playing Europe. In a competition where we could find surprising teams, like Naples and Leicester.
Group B: PSV-Real, there will be only one left
AS Monaco will play a game without a stake at 6:45 p.m. on the Austrian lawn at Sturm Graz. The Principality’s club is guaranteed to finish at the top of Group B. Behind him, PSV Eindhoven will host Real Sociedad for an authentic final. The Basques have no other choice but to win to maintain the dream of a C3 epic. On the Dutch side, a draw will suffice for Mario Götze’s teammates. The disappointed will still be able to fall back on the Europa League Conference.
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Group C: Naples back to the wall, Leicester on a good start
Everything is possible or almost in Group C. Leicester (8 points) is leader by nothing in front of Spartak Moscow and Naples (7), closely followed by Legia Warsaw (6). For Naples, it’s simple: only a victory, at home against Leicester (9 p.m.), would lead to a qualification, provided that Spartak Moscow does not also win. The Italians therefore do not have their destiny in their hands. Leicester can settle for a draw, and would even qualify with a loss if Spartak and Legia neutralize each other in Warsaw. In short, if there is one group to watch this Thursday, it’s this one.
Group E: OM with Rennes in C4?
His defeat at Galatasaray on November 25 (4-2) put an end to his hopes in the Europa League, three and a half years after a heroic journey and a lost final. Olympique de Marseille, however, did not bow out from the European scene. A draw or a victory at the Velodrome against Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday (9 p.m.) will open the doors to the Europa League Conference, where Rennes has already qualified for the knockout stages. A defeat against the Moscow club, in addition to eliminating OM for good, would be a stain. The Olympiens remain on a loss at home against Brest on Saturday (1-2), and have won only one of their last 19 matches in European competition (5 draws, 13 defeats).
Group F: red alert in Belgrade?
Leader of Group F, the Red Star of Belgrade (10 points) only needs a draw on the field of Braga (9 points) Thursday at 9 p.m. to see the light of the eighth of C3. The Portuguese must win to qualify at the expense of the Serbian club. At least, this is if we consider that the Danes of Midtjylland (8 points) will win in Bulgaria, with the modest team of Ludogorets (1 point), thus condemning Belgrade and Braga to a eliminatory duel.
C4: Tottenham-Rennes deprogrammed
Deprogrammed. Due to a large number of Tottenham players and staff affected by Covid-19, the meeting between Spurs and Red and Black will not take place this Thursday. Now remains an unknown: will the confrontation, decisive for the London formation, be postponed? Stade Rennais had already locked the first place in Group G of the Europa League Conference, but the Breton leaders did not hide their annoyance at having been forced to make the trip without the certainty of being able to play this meeting.