Bielsa congratulates Ligue 1 as exit rumours mount
The Argentine appeared to bid goodbye to the French top flight after Marseille narrowly missed out on securing a Champions League spot
Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa has hinted their 3-0 win over Bastia was his last match in charge of the Ligue 1 club, as they missed out on a Champions League spot next season.
Bielsa’s side needed Monaco to slip up at Lorient but Leonardo Jardim oversaw a 1-0 victory that took them to the European top tier in 2015-16, leaving Marseille to compete in the Europa League.
The Argentine tactician congratulated France for the strength of Ligue 1 and admits some Marseille stars are among the best he has worked with.
“For me, it will be an extraordinary recollection of having felt the emotion I felt tonight,” Bielsa said was quoted as saying by L’Equipe.
“Another thing to highlight is to have led to great players, some of which are the best I have had to work with. They could perhaps have hoped to do better than third.
“Having taken advantage of this championship, where everything is orderly and transparent, playing in front of full stadia, is a great satisfaction for me.
“It is very difficult to have what I have described in other places. I wish to congratulate the French league for the championship it has.”
Bielsa rued a poor second half to the season, which saw them lose seven league matches in 2015 and end both their title challenge and chances of a Champions League spot.
“If you look at the points we failed to get, you’ll see that, on many occasions, the three points were deserved,” Bielsa said.
“There have not been many games where our defeats have been deserved and the way we played bad.
“This game is a reflection of the heart of the club, its history, its potential, recognition and loyalty.
“Rod Fanni, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Andre Ayew – all were emotionally charged, with a lot of feelings.”
Winger Ayew, 25, has been linked with a move to the Premier League and Serie A, striker Gignac has been forced to deny ties with Dynamo Moscow and Liverpool have been rumoured to be monitoring 33-year-old defender Fanni.