Garcia: ‘Marseille have to win’

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Marseille Coach Rudi Garcia admits “we absolutely have to win” against Lazio in the Europa League tomorrow.

The former Roma boss faces their city rivals tomorrow at the Stade Velodrome, having taken just a point from their first two matches.

“We absolutely have to win tomorrow,” Garcia declared in his pre-match Press conference.

“Our Europa League campaign hasn’t started in the best way, we only have one point and we absolutely have to win.

“It’s nice for me to face an Italian club, unlike in France there are a lot of big cities with two great teams.

“In Rome I was on the side of the Giallorossi and my heart remains Giallorosso. It’ll be a special match, and I have a lot of respect for the Lazio fans.

“I’ve always done well against Lazio, I hope to continue that.

“Every team has weaknesses, ourselves included, but I’m going to keep Lazio’s to myself. We’ll try to exploit them.

“Lazio have a lot of strengths, starting with [Ciro] Immobile and his attacking strength. [Simone] Inzaghi’s team doesn’t surprise me at all, every year they fight to do well in the league and in Europe.

“A lot of my Roman friends messaged me when we drew Lazio, it was certainly a nice coincidence to draw an Italian team and even more so that it was Lazio.

“Sergej Milinkovic-Savic? I consider him to be one of Lazio’s main danger men, along with [Marco] Parolo and Immobile.

“He’s improving a lot, his qualities are now recognised across Europe and tomorrow we’ll need to pay attention to him.”

OM will have to do without Florian Thauvin though, with Garcia confirming the forward won’t be fit for tomorrow’s game.

“Tomorrow Florian will not be with the group.

“The Classique against Paris Saint-Germain? That’s not my concern, only tomorrow counts.”

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