OM: Gwendouzzi pays tribute to Sampaoli and Asha "that he will expand"

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Olympique de Marseille secured their qualification for the next Champions League this Saturday thanks to their second place in the standings. A huge reward for Marseille, who ended the season in style with a 4-0 win against Strasbourg. In the mixed field, Matteo Guandouzzi praised his coach Jorge Sampaoli, whom he hopes to see extended.

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The suspense will remain in full swing until the end, but Olympique de Marseille will actually be present in the Champions League next season. Thanks to a 4–0 win against Strasbourg and Monaco’s draw against Lens (2–2), Focians finished their second in the standings on the wire.

A magical moment for Matteo Guandouzzi (23) who was able to prove himself indispensable in midfield for his first season in the south of France. But the Frenchman wanted to congratulate his coach Jorge Sampaoli, who according to him has contributed a lot to the success of this season: “If we finish in this place, it is especially thanks to him (…) He did an extraordinary job, he and his assistants should be congratulated because they have done a lot,” he told the press.

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Criticized during the season, the Argentine technician will be happy to know that his player expects him to stay at Marseille for a long time: “We all hope that he will extend to stay with us next year.”

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“Next year we will be even better”

It must be said that Sampaoli had a lot of work to do this year, one that was able to rely on a fairly rich workforce thanks to a large recruitment made during the transfer window last summer. A point underscored by Guandouzi who believes that next season will be even better: “It’s a great team, very young, we must not forget that. Next year, we will be even better.”

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During the season, many Marseilles like Arsenal player William Saliba, but also Boubacar Kamara has reached a new level, including calling up the national team. A progression that is attributed to the 23-year-old former Argentine coach: “We have made a lot of progress, all players. Some have become internationals with A, whether with the France team or with other selections.

At the end of the victory achieved this Saturday, Sampaoli himself announced to the press that he intended to stay in Marseille, giving him an appointment for the next season.

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