Avant Marseille - Reims - Igor Tudor, Bamba Dieng, Pablo Longoria...: L'OM est déjà sous tension

Avant Marseille – Reims – Igor Tudor, Bamba Dieng, Pablo Longoria…: L’OM est déjà sous tension


There is no more season anywhere, and in Marseille even less. In recent seasons, it has happened that the “traditional” November crisis has come much earlier, or much later. In 2015, she had even pointed the tip of her nose in August, with the surprise resignation of Marcelo Bielsa. This year, since the surprise departure of Jorge Sampaoli – disciple of El Loco – the forecasts are not good.

As they prepare to launch Year II of the Longoria era, this Sunday against Reims as part of the first day of Ligue 1, OM are coming out of a chaotic preparation at all levels. With Igor Tudor, the Marseille club has won only one of its five preparation matches. It was against the modest team of Marignane (4-1) resident of N2.

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The following ? Heavy defeats against third or fourth-tier English teams, Norwich (3-0) then Nottingham (2-0), a draw against Betis (1-1) and a last logical loss against AC Milan ( 2-0). These results would have remained anecdotal if they had not highlighted the extent of the work undertaken after Sampaoli’s departure. Tudor, whose tactical aspirations were repeatedly touted by Pablo Longoria, decided to start from scratch with the tactical device on which he built his reputation in Verona.

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For the moment, his choices have not made it possible to cure Olympians’ ills, namely a chronic lack of offensive inspiration. The many recruits and the complete renewal of the defense also affected the block. Going from a possession game to a more vertical style will not happen in a few weeks but the slope will rise very early, from September, with the Champions League group stage and the receptions of Lille and Rennes. “It goes against what was done last yearunderlined Dimitri Payet in front of the press on Friday. It’s faster, more vertical. ” Until then, OM will therefore have to find certainties, and Tudor … solutions.

Some excerpts broadcast here and there by the club may have suggested that the ex-defender had joined the caste of “care bear” coaches, so conquering in recent years thanks to new management techniques and a real proximity with the players, The reality is quite different. “These are new methods for usadmitted the Olympian point guard. We work hard, we need to digest because it was very heavy.”

Longoria is no longer on a pedestal

The tensions revealed by several media (The team, Provence) and barely hidden in public – even if the Marseille leader tried to minimize them – after the episodes that led to the departure of Mauro Camoranesi or the tensions with Gerson and Guendouzi, demonstrate that the speech of the new technician does not print. The situation of Bamba Dieng, put aside for obscure reasons but appreciated by the supporters, has made the climate worse.

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It also weakens the shell of Pablo Longoria, undisputed so far. The appointment of Tudor is his fully assumed choice while other coaches capable of ensuring a form of continuity were on the market (De Zerbi). But beware of the fracture. “Those who are not happy can always come see me in my office and we will find a solution for a transfer.“, warned Longoria at a press conference this week. The tight vision on the ground of the leader, commendable and praised, no longer completely obscures the hiccups such as the breaches of contract of Steve Mandanda or Alvaro Gonzalez. In Marseille, all the floors are therefore under pressure.

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