As OM goes to hell at La Tumba in Thessaloniki in the Europa League conference on Thursday, another match is on Marseille’s mind: one against PSG in Ligue 1 on Sunday. Nothing to scare Cengiz Onder.
On the eve of PAOK Salonica’s visit to the Europa League conference, OM’s heads are already slightly turned towards the Parc des Princes for Sunday’s classic. In a lengthy interview given to La Provence and published on Wednesday, curved Turkish winger Cengiz Ander spoke about this very special PSG-OM match: “It’s the flagship match of the French championship. We face a team like this. Who has got a lot of talented players, he believes. But our aim is to bring back the points.”
In addition to the accounting side, nder emphasizes the mental aspect: “We’re in good shape, we’re not complicated. We’ll go out there to play and place second.” The excitement shared by Amin Harit in the Le Vestiaire special OM aired on RMC Sport 1 on Monday: “We come from Paris. Brother, you’ll see, we’re going to lay the slab.”
Marseille, after a narrow victory at the Velodrome (2–1), will have to get rid of PAOK in the second leg of the Europa League Conference quarter-finals, before going side-by-side with the Ligue 1 leader.
a convincing first season
Cengiz nder, the decisive passer against PAOK, does not hide his ambitions before facing PSG and there is something to understand. Arriving from Leicester City last summer, it didn’t take long for the Turkish winger to pocket the velodrome’s masses. Scored in 17 goals since the start of the season (12 goals and 5 assists), the former AS Roma player is one of the rare players to attack OM showing impeccable consistency. The Paris Defense has been warned.