Before Marseille – Reims – Igor Tudor, Bamba Dieng, Pablo Longoria…: OM is already under pressure

There is no more season anywhere, and even less in Marseille. In recent seasons, it has happened that the “traditional” crisis of November has arrived much earlier, or much later. In 2015, the tip of the nose had even been pointed 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 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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The next ? Heavy defeats against English teams in the third or fourth tier, Norwich (3-0) and then Nottingham (2-0), a draw against Betis (1-1) and a logical last defeat against AC Milan (2-0) . These results would have remained anecdotal if they had not highlighted the extent of the work done after Sampaoli’s departure. Tudor, whose tactical aspirations were repeatedly claimed 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 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.”

Longoria is no longer on a pedestal

The tensions revealed by various media (The team, provence) and barely hidden in public – although the leader of Marseille tried to minimize them – after the episodes that caused the departure of Mauro Camoranesi or the tensions with Gerson and Guendouzi, they show that the new coach’s speech is not print The situation of Bamba Dieng, sidelined for obscure reasons but appreciated by the fans, has worsened the climate.

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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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