In the event of favorable scenarios, the four French clubs involved in C3 and C4 can all, from this Thursday, ensure a European future in 2024.
Will French football pop the champagne this Thursday? Well engaged in the Europa League and Europa Conference League, the French clubs all have an opportunity to validate their exit from the group stage from the 5th day, whether to reach the round of 16 or to formalize, initially, their presence in the round of 16 synonymous with play-offs against reverses.
First in the Europa League, Olympique de Marseille, leader of group B (8 points), hosts Ajax Amsterdam at the Vélodrome stadium in a very good position. In the event of success against the Dutch, Gennaro Gattuso’s players would certainly see the 1/16 finals, which provide for a round-trip confrontation with 3rd in the Champions League group. In the event of a boost from AEK Athens (3rd, 4 pts) against Brighton (2nd, 7 pts), the Marseille club would even already be ured of first place and participation in 1/8th.
OM qualified for the 1/8 finals if:
– Victory against Ajax Amsterdam and defeat of Brighton against AEK Athens
OM qualified for the 1/16 final if:
– Victory against Ajax Amsterdam
– Draw against Ajax Amsterdam and AEK Athens does not win against Brighton
1/16th objectives for Rennes and Toulouse
For Stade Rennais, at the top of group F (9 pts), the situation is slightly less favorable. Traveling to Budapest to challenge Maccabi Haifa (4th, 1 pt), the Rouge et Noir can also qualify in 1/16 if they win or settle for a draw. On the other hand, they will have to wait in any case to validate a direct qualification for the 1/8th. The fault lies with Villarreal (2nd, 6 pts) which hosts Panathinaikos (3rd, 4 pts) this Thursday and has a late match to play against Haifa. Winners in the first leg at home (1-0), the Spaniards will remain hopeful of stealing first place from Rennes on the final day.
Rennes qualifies for the 1/16 final if:
– Victory or draw against Maccabi Haifa
For its part, Toulouse FC, the third French club entered in C3, has the opportunity to write a beautiful page in its European history this evening (9 p.m.), three weeks later the feat achieved against Liverpool (3-2). In front of their Stadium audience, the Violets (2nd in Group E with 7 pts) will validate their ticket for the 1/16 finals in the event of success against the Belgians Union Saint-Gilloise (3rd, 4 pts). Still ahead of the Reds (9 pts), who host LASK at the same time, Téfécé on the other hand no longer has its destiny in hand with a view to qualifying for the 1/8th.
Toulouse qualified in the 1/16 finals if:
– Victory against the Union Saint-Gilloise
Finally, in the Europa Conference League, LOSC finds itself in a situation similar to that of OM. First in group A (8 pts), the Dogues will secure a place in the top 16 of the C4 in the event of a victory on the pitch of Olimpija Ljubljana (4th, 3 pts) combined with a success or a draw for Klaksvik (3rd, 4 pts) against Slovan Brastislava (2nd, 7 pts). Otherwise, Lille will be content to first validate its presence in the 1/16 final – synonymous with a play-off against a Europa League reverse – if it wins in Slovenia or if Klaksvik does not win against Slovan Bratislava.
Lille qualified in the 1/8 finals if:
– Victory against Olimpija Ljubljana and Slovan Bratislava does not win against Klaksvik
Lille qualified in the 1/16 finals if:
– Victory against Olimpija Ljubljana
– Draw against Olimpija Ljubljana and Klaksvik does not win against Slovan Bratislava