Baup blasts Marseille players

Marseille boss Elie Baup lamented his side’s finishing after

they crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday night.

Fenerbahce defender Bekir Irtegun’s athletic 40th-minute strike

proved enough as the French side wasted a host of chances after the

break at the Stade Velodrome.

“I’m really disappointed with the way this game went, especially

during the second half,” Baup told reporters.

“We had possession of the ball and opportunities but we have

failed to score.

“I always said that Fenerbahce would be the strongest team in

our group.”

Despite failing to progress, Baup found reason for cheer after

blooding young players in the competition while he was also able to

ensure loan signing Joey Barton, who began the season with a

10-game domestic ban, was able to get match fitness.

Baup will now turn his focus to the Ligue 1 title race where OM

sit fourth in the table and two points behind leaders Lyon.

“The Europa League at the start allowed us to make a good start

to the season as well as test the young players who have proved

their value. The future is interesting,” he said.

“I regret that we are out of the competition but it has helped

us in terms of our progress as a team.

“We will now return to the league with more time to recover at a

time when points are important. We must fight with the top teams

and stay close to the top.”