In an exciting build-up to the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, Olympique de Marseille has announced their formidable squad for the upcoming clash against Panathinaikos. The French outfit is set to travel to Greece for the highly anticipated first leg encounter. Head coach Marcelino has meticulously chosen a 23-player squad, ensuring a balanced blend of experience and new recruits.
The Marseille faithful will eagerly anticipate the performance of their high-profile summer signings, who have made their debut in the squad. The Gabonese superstar, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, known for his lethal attacking prowess, is set to showcase his skills in the famous sky-blue jersey. Joining him are Marcos Lodi and Geoffrey Kondogbia, who have also garnered attention with their respective abilities and contributions to the team.
Meanwhile, notable absence from the squad list is Ukrainian international Ruslan Malinovskiy. The talented midfielder, who has been linked with a potential move away from the club, finds himself excluded from the group. Reports suggest that Malinovskiy is being courted by Turkish club Besiktas and Italian side Torino.
As both teams gear up for this crucial qualifying tie, Marseille’s squad announcement underlines their determination to secure a spot in the prestigious UEFA Champions League group stage. The presence of established stars and new signings hints at a strong intention to compete at the highest level of European club football.