Alexis Sanchez arrive à l'OM : "Agoumé m'a dit : 'Marseille, c'est le plus grand club de France'"

Alexis Sanchez arrive à l’OM : “Agoumé m’a dit : ‘Marseille, c’est le plus grand club de France'”

This was one of the topics of discussion on Tuesday evening, after the spectacular welcome received by Alexis Sanchez in Marignane. On the eve of initialing his contract, and after celebrating his arrival with the supporters, the striker dined in a restaurant with several members of his entourage and the management of the club. “We talked about the number of trophies he wonsaid Pablo Longoria during the Chilean’s presentation press conference on Wednesday. I said 17. In fact, it’s 19. I forgot the two won with Chile.”

Rarely, in recent years, Olympique de Marseille had managed to welcome a player of this stature. Sanchez was revealed in Italy with Udinese, he won in Spain with FC Barcelona and he shone in England with Arsenal. If Longoria wanted it, it was for this experiment. Also because the striker has shown Inter that he is “competitive.” And for everything else too.

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Where most of the other recruits were chosen to fit in as best as possible with the scheme and style imposed by new coach Igor Tudor, the arrival of Sanchez goes beyond the simple framework of the field. “It’s important for us to be able to attract players like himLongoria pointed out. It gives credibility to a project. And this is also what attracts other players. To build a competitive team, you need hard work, high standards and a certain mentality. It is therefore necessary to have a player like him.”

I thank Alexis but also his agent, because I was sometimes a little heavy…

This is why the strongman of the Olympian club focused on this player in particular. By meticulously preparing his shot. Longoria had made contact with Sanchez’s agent, Felipe Felicevitch, as early as last season. Knowing full well that the arrival of Joaquin Correa at Inter could end up pushing the Chilean to leave the Lombard club.

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It’s teamwork and patienceand Souri Longoria. I thank Alexis but also his agent, because I was sometimes a little heavy, with a lot of phone calls. […] But Alexis had a very clear idea of ​​what he wanted from the club, his ambitions, his style of play. That’s what allowed us to get there..”

Sanchez likes the pressure

Because in reality, Alexis Sanchez does not know much about OM and Marseille, with the exception of Mattéo Guendouzi, whom he met at Arsenal. He did not even exchange with Marcelo Bielsa and Jorge Sampaoli, two outstanding coaches in Marseille who were also coaches of Chile. On the other hand, at Inter, he had discussed with Lucien Agoumé, the young French midfielder belonging to the Lombard club. “He said to me: ‘Marseille is the biggest club in France, everyone wants to play there‘, to tell the Boy Wonder. I analyzed all this and I said to myself that it was time.”

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Because in the absence of knowing everything about OM, Sanchez had a very precise idea of ​​what he wanted. And Longoria and his right arm, Javier Ribalta, had quickly identified the character of the man. “I played in Italy, Spain, Englandhe confided. Coming to France is therefore an important step“The Champions League obviously weighed heavily in the balance. But the Chilean is also a man of challenges. Big challenges.”I like the pressurehe insisted. I like things to be difficult to try to make them easy.” In Marseille, it should be served.

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