“It was an excess, a madness,” recalls Didier Deschamps

On 26 May 1993, Olympique de Marseille won the European Cup, making them the first and only French club to have achieved this feat.

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The current coach of the French football club Didier Deschamps on April 27, 2023. (VALERY HACHE / AFP)

“The days that followed our return to Marseille were excesses, follies that we were able to share with all the fans” of OM, recalled Didier Deschamps on France Bleu Provence on Friday 26 May, thirty years after the European crowning of the Marseille club of which he was then captain. On 26 May 1993, OM beat Milan 1-0 and won the Champions Cup, thus becoming the first and only French club to climb the top of Europe. The then captain, now manager of the Blues, Didier Deschamps assures that at that moment he “doesn’t realize” of the magnitude of this victory and is becoming increasingly aware of it thirty years later. “Mark the history of a club (…) Marseille will always be first”say hello.

Bernard Tapie’s role as “a major driver of the group and the club”

Didier Deschamps also pays tribute to the former president of Olympique de Marseille, Bernard Tapie, who passed away on October 3, 2021. The coach of the French soccer club salutes the “capacity [de Bernard Tapie] motivate, convince as well as his “of strong mind”. “He often intervened”, “he knew how to use the right words”, recalls Didier Deschamps. Remember that goal of Bernard Tapie “when he faced Marseille, it was to win the Champions League”. He claims the former OM chief was “an important engine of the group and of society”. They “represents a victorious OM”.

For all these reasons, does Bernard Tapie deserve a statue in his honor, as does his son Laurent Tapie? “Yes, like everyone who was present”Didier Deschamps timidly replies, specifying it “this sensitive topic”it is not he who has “the responsibility to say yes and it must be done so. But obviously it has a very, very important place in the life and history of OM”Adds.

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