Marseille coach Erik Gerets admits he is desperate to sew up third spot in Champions League Group D when they face Club Atlético on Tuesday.
“What’s important is the football,” he stressed. “For 90 minutes that’s all that counts. We’re trying to stay in Europe.
“With everything at stake, we’re taking this game extremely seriously,” he said. “It’s the only one we’re thinking about right now.”
Out of the Champions League, Marseille are determined to claim the consolation prize on offer by finishing above PSV Eindhoven; they need only match the Dutch outfit’s result against Liverpool in Holland.
Atlético will also have one eye on that game as they can top the section, providing they equal Liverpool’s performance and maintain their narrowest of goal-difference advantages.
Atlético coach Javier Aguirre fields a revamped lineup after deciding to rest several players ahead for tonight’s game.
“I will have full faith in whichever eleven I decide to put out on the pitch,” said Aguirre.
“Now there is a possibility of finishing first, of course we want to do that,” he promised. “We’ll be going for it.”