While his arrival at Olympique de Marseille at the end of the week is no longer in doubt, Jorge Sampaoli had a very eventful Sunday on the bench of Atletico Mineiro.
Mission accomplished for Jorge Sampaoli. Less than a year after his arrival on the bench from Atletico Mineiro, the Argentinian coach allowed the Belo Horizonte club to secure their ticket for the next Copa Libertadores. A performance of choice for the former coach of Abliceleste since Galo had only finished 13th in the Brazilian championship last season.
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And what should be Jorge Sampaoli’s last match on the bench of Atletico Mineiro has confirmed the sanguine character of the next coach of Olympique de Marseille. While his arrival at OM is indeed now recorded, the Argentinian technician was indeed expelled in the last moments of the meeting after having entered the lawn and attacked very vehemently the referee of the match following the penalty awarded to Sporting Recife.
Suspended for the next match
It is therefore from the stands, hanging on a fence, that he saw his team snatch the victory synonymous with qualification for the Champions League with a goal scored by Marrony after eight minutes of added time. And this expulsion could be a boon for the native of Santa Fe and Olympique de Marseille. Jorge Sampaoli will indeed be automatically suspended for the reception of Palmeiras, Friday, and could therefore be released by his leaders a few days in advance since the qualification for the Copa Libertadores is now acquired.
And aside from allowing him to miss the post-match press conference, his expulsion also had another advantage for Jorge Sampaoli. He was standing a few meters away when a fight broke out in the tunnel leading to the locker room between the two staffs. Several blows were exchanged and this scuffle should be worth an investigation by the Brazilian federation.