Marseille's players DIDN'T KNOW a draw against Spurs would get them into the Europa League, reveals Chancel Mbemba, as he claims a 'lack of communication' cost his side after they conceded a 95th minute winner

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Marseille's players DIDN'T KNOW a draw against Spurs would get them into the Europa League, reveals Chancel Mbemba, as he claims a 'lack of communication' cost his side after they conceded a 95th minute winner

Marseille's players did not realise that a draw against Tottenham would have earned them a spot in the Europa League, Chancel Mbemba has revealed.

The French side crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday after Spurs came from behind to win 2-1 thanks to second-half goals from Clement Lenglet and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Ahead of Hojbjerg's last-gasp winner, Marseille sat third in Group D and would have dropped into the Europa League as a result as Eintracht Frankfurt had confirmed their 2-1 victory against Sporting Lisbon moments before.

Chancel Mbemba said his players didn't know that a draw would have handed them third spot

Chancel Mbemba said his players didn't know that a draw would have handed them third spot

Chancel Mbemba said his players didn't know that a draw would have handed them third spot

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's 95th-minute winner against Marseille sealed top spot for Tottenham

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's 95th-minute winner against Marseille sealed top spot for Tottenham

However, Igor Tudor's side continued to push relentlessly for a winning goal and ultimately allowed Hojbjerg to net the 95th-minute winner on the counter-attack, thus sending Marseille out of both the Champions League and Europa League.

After the match, Mbemba told beIN Sports: 'On the bench, they knew what was going on with Sporting. For us, there was a lack of communication.

'Football is like that. We dominated in the first half. And then, in the second half, it was Tottenham.

'We had to stay together to manage our game well. That's what the little details are about. That's football, but it hurts a lot.' 

Marseille crashed out of both the Champions League and Europa League as a result of the loss

Marseille crashed out of both the Champions League and Europa League as a result of the loss

Mbemba capitalised on a quickly-taken corner to head Marseille in front on the stroke of half-time, giving them a well-deserved lead after a dominant display in the first half.

At this stage, the French side would have advanced to the Champions League knockouts and eliminated Tottenham from the competition, but Lenglet's header in the 54th minute put Spurs back in the driver's seat.

Hojbjerg's stoppage-time winner meant that Antonio Conte's side sealed top spot in Group D on 11 points, while Frankfurt went through in second place on 10 ahead of Sporting and Marseille.

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