Olympique de Marseille boss André Villas-Boas knows his side's chances of progressing from Champions League Group C hinge on the impending double-header against former club FC Porto following a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday night.
After Greek tragedy in Matchday 1's 1-0 loss away to Olympiacos, Marseille had a City planning nightmare at the Stade Vélodrome on Tuesday, falling 3-0 to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City to find themselves propping up Group C with no points and no goals.
Despite the scoreline, Marseille managed to weather the bulk of the first-half storm - City converting their dominance just once, through Ferran Torres (18') - before managing to create some danger through the in-form Florian Thauvin, who smashed a gorgeous rising shot against Ederson's left-hand upright (55').
That was about the long and the short of it for OM's attacking chances, however, and as their gas tanks started to run out, City's quality shone through and goals for Ilkay Gundogan (76') and Raheem Sterling (81') put the final nails in the coffin.
AVB: 'Gaining experience'
"We currently have zero points, so the two matches against Porto will be decisive. The best thing would be if City won both their games against Olympiacos. But our two matches against Porto are must-wins," declared AVB ahead of the Matchday 3 and 4 clashes with his former club, who beat Olympiacos 2-0 on Tuesday. "We qualified for the Champions League to play these matches, it's the first experience for many players, we're gaining experience to do even better, the players and the coach included."
Marseille return to Ligue 1 Uber Eats duties on Friday against RC Lens, whose Round 8 clash at home to Nantes was postponed following 11 COVID diagnoses in the northern club's squad.