Gerets staying positive despite loss to Shakhtar
Eric Gerets insists it will not be mission impossible at the Stade Velodrome next week when his Marseille team aim to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg of their UEFA Cup quarter-final against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Tomas Hubschman and Rodrigues Jadson scored either side of half-time to put Shakhtar in control of the tie ahead of Thursday's second leg, while the keeping of a clean sheet strengthens their case even more.
OM coach Gerets admits his side were well beaten by the Ukrainians last night but maintains there is still life left in the tie.
"I knew they were a good team and they have eliminated some big teams already in the UEFA Cup (Tottenham and CSKA Moscow)," said Gerets.
"So we had been warned. And when you lose without scoring, you know you are going to have to take some risks in the return leg. But it will not be impossible."
OM were second best in Donetsk from the first whistle but they created a few openings of their own, with Mamadou Niang having their best when he hit the post in the 36th minute.
That is a source of encouragement for Marseille captain Lorik Cana, who sees no reason why his team-mates cannot produce the goods in the second leg.
"They have good players who play well from deep and who were able to take their chances, unlike us," said the Albania midfielder.
"But this gives us hope for the future as we had one or two chances to open the scoring.
"It is far from finished. Marseille have turned around worse situations in the past. We don't have time to rue our misfortune - great things still await us."