Beaten 3-1 at Villarreal in the round of 16 second leg of the Europa League, OM “scared themselves”, admitted Thursday their coach Jean-Louis Gasset, who retained the qualification and the efforts of his players.

“It’s the European Cup. You are playing against a great team, which is used to performing well in this competition and even in the Champions League. Today, Villarreal was superior to Marseille. But a week ago we had the perfect match by scoring four goals,” Gasset first declared. “I went through all the states and at 3-0, like many people, I thought the worst. We waited until the end to close the debates. This means that OM is still recovering, in terms of technical mastery and control of the event. We played every other match and today we suffered,” he also admitted.

“We scared ourselves but in the end we are here. I am a positive person. I go back and say to myself that when I arrived three weeks ago, we were going to play the return match against Shakhtar in a slightly tense atmosphere. We went through two rounds of the European Cup and won three Ligue 1 matches,” Gasset also recalled. “The boys are trying hard. Today we were not at the level of Villarreal but I told them that it was Marseille who were in the quarter-final of the Europa League,” concluded the OM coach.