Passi: Marseille to ‘go crazy’ in cup final

Interim Marseille head coach Franck Passi urged his side to harness the "craziness" of their season in the Coupe de France final against Paris Saint-Germain.

Passi, who took temporary charge of the club following Michel's sacking a mere two days before their semi-final clash against Sochaux, made a strong case for being handed the job permanently after they progressed to the final with a 1-0 win on Wednesday.

This is the second time that Passi has been handed the reins, the first time coming after previous manager Elie Baup was fired in August last year.

"I'm proud of my players," he said in the post-match press conference. "They had to rise to the occasion tonight and they did so; they were awesome tonight.

"We were up against a good side who used their pace and impact. They had some chances but we were never really in danger. We didn't control the match the whole time, but I think we were superior overall."

L'OM took the lead shortly after half-time through a quick counter-attack, Michy Batshuayi and Steven Fletcher combining to set up Florian Thauvin, who finished neatly after holding off his marker.

"The main thing was to send Marseille to the Stade de France. It was our only recourse to salvage something from the season and the players really stepped up," Passi continued.

"In the first half, we struggled to get going but things got better in the second half. We're in a crisis of confidence and we need to regain it bit by bit. The change of coach made it hit home to the players that the club is in a dangerous position.

"It would be great if we can finally get a win at the Velodrome on Sunday as that would allow the lads to play with more freedom and show their real faces," he said, referring to the upcoming Ligue 1 fixture against Nantes.

"This season has been crazy, so let's go crazy and mix it with PSG in the final!"

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