As the clock ticks towards the pivotal UEFA Europa League match between Ajax and Olympique Marseille, the tension is palpable. The encounter is scheduled for 21:00 on Thursday, with Ajax, currently languishing at the bottom of Group B with a mere two points from four matches, set to face group leaders, Olympique Marseille, who are comfortably perched on eight points.
Pre-match Press Conference
Adding to the buildup of the match, a press event featuring Ajax's John van 't Schip and Jorrel Hato is planned for Wednesday evening at 18:00. Fans can be part of the discussion surrounding the upcoming fixture by following the press conference live through Ajax's official website, mobile app, and YouTube channel.
Ajax Supporters' Dilemma
The match holds significant implications for Ajax's European campaign, but it also comes with a layer of drama as Ajax supporters have been informed by Marseille's local authorities that they are not permitted to attend the away game. This restriction adds a unique dynamic to the game, raising questions about its impact on the team's morale and performance.
Decisive Role of the Referee
The match in the South of France will be officiated by Italian referee Simone Sozza, as announced by UEFA. The role of the referee in a match as crucial as this one cannot be underestimated.
Previously, the teams played out an exciting 3-3 draw at the Johan Cruijff ArenA. This was Ajax's first match in their new European campaign, and the result, along with the current standing of the teams, sets the stage for an enthralling encounter on Thursday.