Marseille’s wretched week of results ended on a high as Les Phocéens clinched an all-important but narrow away win against fifth-placed Rennes. Last Sunday, second-placed Marseille were humbled 3-0 by league leaders PSG in a season-deciding Classique. On Wednesday, the Igor Tudor-led side suffered a shock exit in the Coupe de France, in which they were overwhelming favourites, at the hands of Ligue 2 minnows Annecy in the quarter-finals round. “After a week like ours, you either quit and cry or you react. I’m very proud of my players”, assessed the Croatian head coach in his post-game press conference that La Provence attended.
Tudor reminded reporters that the Roazhon Park was no easy place to return from with a win from as Rennes was, until last night, the Ligue 1 team with the best home record. “After our elimination from the Coupe de France, to come here and get the win is very valuable.” With Monaco and Lens drawing this weekend, Marseille now have a 4-point lead on the third place. Les Phocéens will host relegation-battlers Strasbourg on Sunday for Ligue 1 gameweek 27 to further cement their credentials to qualify for next season’s Champions League group stage.
GFFN | Bastien Cheval