Olympique Marseille coach Igor Theodor gave, on Monday, at a press conference, indications of his starting lineup, this evening, against Eintracht Frankfurt, in Marseille’s second match in the Champions League this season.
After being defeated by Tottenham (0-2) six days ago, in England, to enter C1, Olympique de Marseille must gather themselves this evening, against the German club, who lost to Sporting Lisbon 3-0, at home, last week. But without Chancel Mbemba, suspended after his red sending off against Tottenham, nor Samuel Gigot, so uncertain after a muscle injury on Saturday against Lille (2-1), Igor Theodor will have to trust Leonardo Valerdi against the German squad. The Argentine, who was released in the 29th minute of the Lusk match, on Saturday evening, in L1, is in poor condition, but the Croatian supported his player yesterday in front of the press: “I didn’t take out Leonardo Balerdi because he was playing badly, but because he already had a card and the referee was giving the cards easily. Tuesday, he’s going to start. I expect a positive reception from the public, as they show that they are also a little different (from the other fans). He is a brave and sensitive boy. He’s a great defender.”
The 23-year-old defender was booed by the Marseille crowd when he was substituted against Saturday night, which Igor Theodore regretted. In the absence of two key elements, Leonardo Valerdi will again appear on the field against Frankfurt, in a three-man defense, certainly with veteran Eric Bailly (28) and Syed Kolasinac (29) at his side, while youngster Isaac Toure (19 years) is ineligible for the Champions League. Europe and no other defender available. The Croatian also indicated that Dimitri Payet will start on Tuesday evening.
This season, Leonardo Valerdi, under a contract until 2024 with OM, played 8 matches in all competitions. At the end of the transfer window, the former Boca Juniors could have joined Italian club Bologna.