This Thursday evening, Olympique de Marseille has a meeting with Atalanta Bergamo in the semi-final first leg of the Europa League. At the Orange Vélodrome, the Olympians will try to take an option for qualification, helped by their lucky charm.

This Thursday evening, Olympique de Marseille begins a new page in its European history this season. In the semi-final first leg of the Europa League, Jean-Louis Gasset’s players host the Italian club Atalanta Bergamo, who lost Liverpool in the previous round.

In an exclusive interview given to our colleagues at L’Equipe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spoke. After looking back at the Marseille season so far; the OM striker spoke of the relationship he has with his father. Asked if his father went to the Vélodrome to watch the matches, PEA replied: “There, he went back to Gabon but for the big matches, he is there, and when he is there, we win every time!” A superstition followed by Amine Harit: “Amine asks me: ‘The old man, is he there or not?’ He had better come on Thursday”. Author of a superb season, Aubameyang should be one of the strong men this evening to bring down Atalanta. For this poster, Jean-Louis Gasset will be deprived of Jean Onana, Ulisses Garcia and Pape Gueye, not qualified for the competition as well as Bilal Nadir, Bamo Meïté and Valentin Rongier, injured. Samuel Gigot is suspended.

To reach the last four of the Europa League, Atalanta Bergamo produced an XXL performance, eliminating Liverpool (cumulative score 3-1). Battling AS Roma, Gian Piero Gasperini’s men are fighting to secure a place in the Champions League. They are only one point behind Romelu Lukaku and his teammates. Designated favorite by the media, Atalanta wants to avoid this status according to its coach: “I think that the roles of favorite or not matter little, what matters is how we play on the pitch. We have more credibility because we eliminated Liverpool, but we’re starting from scratch tomorrow (Thursday, Editor’s note). The atmosphere will be hot, in a great stadium with a very passionate audience. At a press conference, the technician did not hide his objective: “This season is extraordinary for us, with a tough and balanced Serie A. We approach it with courage and confidence, with respect for our opponent. We are still in all competitions, but today the priority is the Europa League.”

The Europa League semi-final first leg between OM and Atalanta Bergamo will kick off this Thursday, May 2 at 9:00 p.m. at the Orange Vélodrome in Marseille (France). The German Daniel Siebert will be on the whistle.

Holder of the TV rights to the Europa League, Canal will broadcast the poster between the Phocaeans and Atalanta. The meeting will also be broadcast live and unencrypted by M6.

If you want to watch the semi-final first leg of the Europa League between Olympique de Marseille and Atalanta Bergamo on your computer, touchscreen tablet or mobile phone, you must take out a subscription on MyCanal or create an account on 6play.

OM: P.Lopez (G) – Mbemba, Balerdi, Murillo – Clauss, Harit, Kondogbia, Veretout, Luis Henry (or Merlin) – N’Diaye, Aubameyang.

Atalanta: Women (G) – Scalvini, Djimsiti, Kolasinac – Zappacosta, De Roon, Ederson, Ruggeri – Koopmeiners – De Ketelaere, Scamacca.