While celebrating a goal against AEK Athens on Thursday in the Europa League, the Phocaeans held up a jersey of their injured captain Valentin Rongier.
A united group. Olympique de Marseille faces AEK Athens this Thursday evening for the 4th day of the Europa League, without Valentin Rongier, victim of a sprain. His teammates paid tribute to him.
When Chancel Mbemba opened the score, several players rushed to the bench to collect their captain’s jersey and brandish it in front of the cameras. At a press conference on Wednesday, coach Gennaro Gattuso spoke of a “cold shower» to talk about his midfielder’s injury.
“I spoke with him and he was desperate, but not for himself, desperate that he couldn’t help the team. It reflects the values of this team and it gives me a lot of hope. He’s a great captain, his concern was not being able to help the team, not being in pain“, he added.