Barring an unlikely miracle in the return leg of the play-offs, Olympique de Marseille should not escape the fourth hat in the draw for the group stage of the Champions League …
The reunion of theOlympic Marseille with the Champions League promises to be complicated. Seven years after experiencing the humiliation of a fanny at Arsenal, Naples and the Borussia Dortmund OM can expect another hearty schedule for their last appearance in the C1.
As a result of its modest UEFA coefficient, the Olympian club may indeed appear in the hat 4 in the draw scheduled for Thursday. The Phocéens still have a meager hope for a hat-3 emergence, but it will take quite a bit of a set of circumstances on Tuesday and Wednesday as the play-offs determine the last six teams to make the group stage.
It would take a miracle …
For OM to inherit the hat 3, two of the three teams among Maccabi Tel Aviv, Omonia Nicosia and Paok Salonika, which have a UEFA coefficient lower than that of OM, would have to create a surprise. and reverse a situation for the time being compromised. The Maccabi lost 2-1 at home to Salzburg and are therefore doomed to exploit in Austria. Omonia, meanwhile, lost 2-0 on Olympiacos turf and also appear to be on the verge of elimination. Lastly, Paok, who had already fallen from Benfica in the previous round, will have to fall behind against Krasnodar, 2-1 winners in the first leg.
The other two French clubs are already fixed on their fate. PSG, crowned champions of France, are indeed guaranteed to be in hat 1 while, conversely, Rennes will be placed in hat 4 and can therefore expect a perilous draw.