Video: With the Number of Absent Players From the PSG Squad, Marseille Manager Hopes to Take Advantage

The latest installment of Le Classique will see Olympic Marseille travel to the Parc des Prince to take on Paris Saint-Germain. 

Marseille manager André Villas-Boas discussed winning the match in his press conference, which could be the first time since 2011 that Les Phocéens would win the rivalry match. 

“The speech I gave at a press conference last year was not the same as I had with the players. I still have ambition. We were 4-0 down after 45 minutes and finished second. At one point, we were closer to first than to third place. Each match is worth three points. I say precisely the same thing as last year,” Villas-Boas said. 

“There, we find them in a stupid moment, unfortunately for them. We have the ambition to play, but there is such a big gap. We want to take advantage of the absences and lack of training of their players who will resume after the COVID. It might be a chance. I hope to give this kind of happiness to the supporters.”

Despite the capital missing seven players due to them contracting coronavirus, Villas-Boas is conducting his training sessions as though some of those players will be in PSG’s starting eleven, particularly Ángel Di María and Neymar Jr. 

“What bothers us is that we lack information on the fact that the fortnight of the fortnight counts from the first symptoms, and this gives more uncertainty about the quality of the players that may or may not recover PSG,” Villas-Boas said. “One thing is clear; they will not be 100%. I think that with yesterday’s loss, they will come back strong and try to get some players back. I think Neymar and Di Maria will be there.”

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