Marseille coach Jose Anigo was overwhelmed with emotion after watching his side reach the UEFA Cup final just four months after he he was appointed.
Two Didier Drogba goals at the Stade Velodrome were enough to secure victory against Marseille into the final where they will meet Valencia in Gothenburg.
“My emotions are so strong right now, I’m afraid that I’m unable to put them into words,” said the 43-year-old after watching Marseille overcome Newcastle 2-0
“Three months ago I was training the youth team, now I’m taking Marseille to a European final,” added the coach.
“A lot of people didn’t think I could handle such a big job. They might be thinking again now.”
Marseille’s victory came just 24 hours after Monaco booked their place in the UEFA Champions League final, to complete an impressive double for French football.
“I’d love to speak to Didier Dewschamps (Monaco coach) and congratulate him because what Monaco have achieved is phenomenal. Now we both have to go and bring the trophies home.”
Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson acknowledged that Drogba was the difference between the sides, saying: “He was the matchwinner. He had two clear chances and scored two goals.
‘He’s a very clever player and I am happy to hold my hands up and congratulate him.”
Robson praised the effort put in by his players.
“They did everything I asked of them. They played with enthusiasm and commitment and they were close to pulling it off. Two-nil is a flattering scoreline for Marseille. We were excellent after half-time and put them under real pressure.
‘Marseille were nervous at 1-0 and if Shola (Ameobi) or Lee (Bowyer) had taken those chances, I think we’d have done it.”