As they prepare to launch the second year of the Longoria era, this Sunday against Reims in the framework of the first day of Ligue 1, OM is coming out of a chaotic preparation at all levels. Under Igor Tudor, the Marseille club have won just one of their five warm-up games. It was against the modest team of Marignane (4-1), resident of the N2.
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For the time being, his choices have not allowed to cure the ills of the Olympians, that is to say, the chronic lack of offensive inspiration. The many recruits and the complete overhaul of the defense also affected the block. Moving from a possession game to a more vertical style won’t happen for a few weeks but the difference will rise very soon, from September, with the group stage of the Champions League and the receptions of Lille and Rennes. “It goes against what was done last yearDimitri Payet told the press on Friday. It’s faster, more verticalUntil then, OM will have to find certainties, and Tudor… solutions.
Some fragments issued here and there by the club could have suggested that the former defender had joined the caste of “care bear” coaches, thus conquering in recent years thanks to new management techniques and a genuine closeness with players, the reality is quite different. “These are new methods for usthe Olympic point guard admitted. We work hard, we have to digest because it was very heavy.”
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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 watch out for the fracture. “Those who are not happy can always come to my office and we will find a solution for the transfer.“Longoria warned in a press conference this week. The leader’s laudable and laudable vision on the ground no longer completely hides hiccups such as the contract breaches of Steve Mandanda or Álvaro González. In Marseille, all floors .are therefore under pressure.
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