Igor Tudor: “The red card made the rest of the game easier”

Speaking to the press following Marseille’s 4-1 demolition of Sporting Club de Portugal at home in the Champions League, manager Igor Tudor admitted that his side were helped by a calamitous red card from the Sporting keeper, Antonio Adán, as transcribed by L’Équipe.

“After a game like that, I don’t want to talk about individuals. I think we played a very serious collective match. We had the strength after the goal we conceded to react and to attack hard as we had planned. The red card made the rest of the game easier but I must congratulate my team, which gave a very serious performance.”

Marseille came out 4-1 winners over Sporting Lisbon in an eventful game which saw a goal in the first minute from Sporting through Trincão’s curled effort outside the box. There was a quick turnaround for OM, thanks in part to a string of calamitous errors from the Sporting keeper Antonio Adán – the first of which was a pass out from the back which rebounded comedically off Alexis Sánchez for Marseille’s first goal of their Champions League campaign. It was followed by another, as Jonathan Clauss whipped in a delightful ball for Amine Harit to head home. A third was added by Balerdi from a corner, as the icing was firmly placed on the cake through Mbemba’s finish in the second half to make it four for the Olympians – who win their first game in the Champions league for two years. 

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