Garcia: ‘Marseille must beat Lazio’

Olympique Marseille Coach Rudi Garcia feels “at home” at the Stadio Olimpico and admits they “have to win” against Lazio to stay in the Europa League.

It kicks off on Thursday at 17.55 GMT after the Biancocelesti conquered the Stade Velodrome 3-1.

That result means Marseille have just one point from the opening three games and last season’s Europa League finalists are on the verge of elimination.

“We must be very concentrated and not lose confidence after recent defeats,” said Garcia in his Press conference, referring also to poor Ligue 1 form that has seen them lose three in a row in all competition.

“There must be fewer errors and we have to control games better. Even if we have faced some very strong opponents, we shouldn’t have lost so many.

“Now we’re in a situation where we know it’s not possible to make another mistake and we have to win. Lazio are a strong side, but we hope for the best.

“I have to make some changes to the starting XI tomorrow, because many players need to recharge their batteries.

“It is our duty to battle to the end, then we’ll see where we are in the group. I just hope our European adventure doesn’t end tomorrow.”

It is a return to the Stadio Olimpico for Garcia, who was on the Roma bench for several years.

“I love this stadium very much. In France, if there are two big clubs in the same city, they have two different stadiums, but in Italy they usually share.

“That means both Romanisti and Laziali love this stadium. I’m happy to be here and straight away felt the air of home.”

Garcia was asked about reports Marseille want to sign Lazio forward Felipe Caicedo in January.

“There are many rumours without foundation. I am happy with my players, so I’m not interested.”

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