in 1993, in opposition to Milan, OM had deliberate every little thing, victory couldn’t escape them

Shut, intense, very tactical, the Munich ultimate modified within the forty fourth minute when Boli rose above everybody to attain crucial purpose in OM historical past. The one we nonetheless inform ourselves, thirty years later, with the ever stronger feeling of getting witnessed a uncommon second.

On Might 26, 1993, Man Roux is in entrance of his TV. A month after failing within the UEFA Cup semi-final on penalties in opposition to Dortmund, the Burgundian wizard is greater than ever within the quest for these well-known UEFA factors which decide the variety of golf equipment certified for European cups. French golf equipment are going via the most effective interval of their historical past.

Earlier than the assembly in Munich, Marseille and Monaco had already reached, in flip, a semi-final (1990) and a ultimate (in 1991 and 1992) and in 1993, three golf equipment have been within the final European 4, the PSG and Auxerre within the UEFA Cup, OM within the Champions League.

Casoni: “We knew the right way to take them”

However all of them invariably discovered the underside step. “OM at the moment have been very robust, remembers Man Roux, however no extra, at least the good Reims had been within the 50s, the good Saint-Etienne within the 70s. Earlier than the Munich ultimate, it was nonetheless a French membership which usually failed with honors and sometimes being superior to extra sensible opponents. It was to vary that that Tapie, who had succeeded in biking, had come to soccer. »

Nonetheless, earlier than discovering a staff eradicated two years earlier within the quarter-finals, Tapie has nonetheless not managed to interrupt this glass ceiling. And whereas they’d approached the primary ultimate in Bari, in opposition to Purple Star Belgrade, within the place of favorites, the Olympians go away this standing to the Milanese who’re spectacular of their mastery, who stay on a collection of ten straight victories within the European Cup having conceded just one purpose!

Milan feared OM lots

Winner of the Champions League in 1989, in 1990, eradicated by OM in 1991 and suspended in 1992 (on account of their refusal to return to the sector after a lighting failure on the Vélodrome within the return match when OM led 1-0 within the eightieth minute), the Milan of the Batavian trio Rijkaard-Van Basten-Gullit dominates European soccer. Nonetheless, regardless of the figures and the stats, the 2 earlier confrontations in opposition to OM have cracked the nice confidence of Berlusconi’s males.

“Milan might have been the dream staff of the time, continues Man Roux, he was very afraid of OM. Van Basten and Gullit have been injured, which can show decisive within the ultimate… and Papin didn’t have the identical computerized reflexes on this staff as at OM. »

It’s with nothing to lose, every little thing to achieve, when their opponent goals to regain a cup that has been deserted for 2 years, that OM are getting ready for this match. “We had already gained this Milan there, says Bernard Casoni, injured and who didn’t take part within the assembly.

We knew the right way to take them, taking part in excessive, selecting them up, placing them below stress. You continue to had to have the ability to do it for an entire match… ” Briefly, by taking part in like them… higher than them! You needed to dare. And provides again to Goethals at this time what belongs to Goethals.

“We performed every time the identical method in opposition to them, underlined the Belgian coach through the twenty years of the ultimate with certainly one of our colleagues, they usually by no means modified ways. I knew it by coronary heart, I already utilized it to Saint Trond 40 years in the past! »

Within the 4-4-2 with the Sacchi sauce taken over by Capello, OM opposes a 3-4-3 which has the immense benefit of reducing the Milanese wings, these of Lentini and Maldini on the left, of Donadoni on the fitting, with a vital midfield battle the place the 2 blocks collide.

Durand: “If they’d scored first, we would not have come again”

The offsides are quite a few, and Milan tries to play lengthy to occupy area behind the Marseille protection which applies a person within the space, which fits the profile of Boli and Desailly, each wonderful on the person, when the Italians keep on with their integral zone defence. The salvation of OM then goes via a defensive exercise of all and always, to cease the preferential Italian circuit (Baresi, Rijkaard-Van Basten) and keep away from lengthy balls in depth. The defensive efforts of Pelé, Boksic or Völler are due to this fact invaluable.

“This ultimate was structured round three highlights, remembers Jean-Philippe Durand, who entered within the sixtieth minute. Our begin to the match was sluggish, relatively dominated by the Italians who may have scored on a number of events. Apart from, if they’d, I’ve the sensation that we would not have come again. Till Boli’s purpose which was decisive, the pivotal second of the assembly. »

The Marseille defensive aggressiveness, the tactical intelligence of a Deschamps, not in legs, however terribly related in his positioning and his remarks, do the remaining. Confronted with a diminished Van Basten, a Papin out of contact and an inoffensive Milan, time is working out for OM.

The second interval was totally different. I felt like nothing may occur to us, continues Durand. We have been too decided and centered to provide them the chance to attain. I bear in mind an amazing serenity, an amazing solidity on our half. To equalize, it might have taken a person achievement on their half…” who by no means got here.

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