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Marseille gears up for Europa League showdown against Atalanta with inclusion of Mbemba and Murillo

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Olympique de Marseille is set to square off against Atalanta Bergamo in the first leg of the semi-final at the Orange Vélodrome. With the stakes soaring, Marseille’s head coach Jean-Louis Gasset has assembled a formidable squad of 23 players for the high-octane encounter.

Amidst the fervor surrounding the showdown, Marseille’s defensive lineup boasts the inclusion of Chancel Mbemba and Amir Murillo, whose presence underscores the club’s defensive resolve ahead of the challenging fixture.

Addressing the media in a pre-match press conference, Gasset confirmed the participation of Quentin Merlin, injecting further depth and versatility into Marseille’s squad.

However, Marseille faces the absence of key players due to suspension and injury woes. Samuel Gigot’s suspension renders him unavailable for selection, while Bamo Meïté, Valentin Rongier, and Bilal Nadir remain sidelined due to injury concerns.

Additionally, players such as Ulisses Garcia, Jean Onana, and Pape Gueye are ineligible for selection in the Europa League.

With the stage set for a riveting encounter, Marseille’s squad exudes a blend of experience and youthful exuberance across all departments.

The goalkeeping trio comprising Lopez, Blanco, and Ngapandouetnbu provides a solid foundation, while the defensive contingent led by Mbemba and Murillo aims to thwart Atalanta’s attacking threat.

In midfield, Marseille boasts an array of talent, including the likes of Harit, Ounahi, and Veretout, who are primed to dictate the tempo of the game and dictate proceedings in the middle of the park.

The attacking prowess of Correa, Aubameyang, and Sarr adds potency to Marseille’s frontline, as they seek to unlock Atalanta’s defense and seize the initiative in the tie.

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As Marseille braces for a stern test against Atalanta, the collective resolve and determination within the squad bode well for an enthralling contest at the Orange Vélodrome, with the outcome poised to shape the trajectory of their Europa League campaign.

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