Zidane, Italy, eternal interim … Five things to know about Igor Tudor, the future coach of Marseille

Announced as Jorge Sampoli’s successor on the OM bench, the former Croatian international is still unknown on this side of the Alps. Discovery.

It is related to Italy

Born in the city of Split on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, which has a rich Italian culture and deep historical ties with Italy, Igor Tudor is a former Croatian international (55 matches) who played in the 1998 World Cup in France, with a third. key spot, and also the 2006 World Cup, which marks the end of his international stage with a final layer against Australia, on 22 June). He was named Croatian Player of the Year in 2001.

While training at Hadjuk Split, Tudor has spent most of his career in Serie A, where he played seven seasons at Juventus and two at Siena for a total of 159 appearances in the top Italian category. Former defender, he made a name for himself there in the 2000s, winning the Italian Championship / Super Cup double in 2002 and 2003.

He played with Zidane

Lilian Thuram, David Trézéguet, Didier Deschamps … Igor Tudor rubbed shoulders with many French players when he wore the colors of the bianconeri but Zinédine Zidane is still the tricolor with which the Croatian gets along better. As a symbol, he prepares to take the reins of the Marseille club, the birthplace of his former teammate.

When Andrea Pirlo, then Juventus coach in 2020, found himself in an expelled seat, the Italian media were already campaigning for the return of “Zizou” to Turin as coach. The idea of ​​forming a duet with the Croatian was felt by many fans and journalists in Piedmont, while Tudor was already present in Pirlo’s staff.

Igor Tudor against Ronaldinho at the 2006 World Cup JB Autissier / fep / Overview

He was never more than two years in a bank

The big black spot on Igor Tudor’s resume remains instability. He never knew how to set up his long-term project. In Italy, Croatian has long been considered “the service firefighter” On “the eternal interim” who comes to save the furniture, restore order and keep a club in Serie A before packing. Your longest experience in a bank? In Hajduk Split, between April 2013 and February 2015.

Eight months at PAOK, seven months at Karabükspor in Turkey, ten months at Galatasaray in 2017, just four small matches at Udinese in 2018 before returning in 2019 to stay there for seven months. A return to Split after 2020, from January to August. In Verona, he stayed nine months before leaving in agreement with his management.

Igor Tudor during a training session in Galatasaray. Seskim / Overview

Very offensive football

At Hellas Verona, with his 3-4-3 or 3-4-2-1 draw, Igor Tudor based his philosophy on the attack with a strong block on the axis, formed mainly by the former Nice Adrien Tameze. A system notable for its high pressure, its aggressiveness, its intense pace on the counterattack but also its imbalance with a defense sometimes too reliable. “As a former defender, I say I try to attack, to be proactive. The difference today as a coach is that you will have an idea and try to pass it on to those you train. I’m against throwing long balls, I usually play. he explained to the Gazetta dello Sport in 2018, citing Gian Piero Gasperini as a role model.

The Croatian coach knows how to make the most of his attacking players such as the trio Gianluca Caprari, Antonin Barak and Giovanni Simeone, one of the most prolific tridents of last season with 40 goals. He is a coach of character close to his players who focuses his management on mind, toughness and austerity.

He has never coached in the Champions League

Another concern that could arise in Marseille, Igor Tudor has never led a Champions League meeting as a coach. If you no longer have to prove your experience in major competitions as a player (World, Euro, Champions League), the preparation is not the same, sitting on a bench instructing eleven players.

When we know that OM returns to the Champions League this year and that all the people of Marseille expect better results than in 2014 (last in their group with 0 points) and that in 2021 (last in their group with 3 points), the Tudor’s arrival on the bench at Marseille will not erase -a priori- the ghosts of the Olympic club’s past failures.

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