Last summer, Pablo Longoria turned everything upside down. Jorge Sampaoli comes out, who had great pretensions, and hello Igor Tudor. If the Croatian is also very demanding, he is above all with his players. He is a little less careful than the Argentine about the equipment made available to him. But that’s not the only thing that has changed.
In fact, all software too. No more style of ball possession to turn to a more “modern” football in the words of the president of Olympique de Marseille. A more physical style perhaps less balanced, but above all much more spectacular. It is therefore difficult to implement something quickly.
Lots of leggings
It all started very badly too. Igor Tudor is a very martial coach with his players with a language, one might say, not very chastened. This gave him some headaches during a generally unsuccessful preparation. After the encounter against Norwich in Fos-sur-Mer, he left in a rage, spending part of his nerves on a Cengiz Ünder substituted behind the striker or in the right piston.
The then scheduled training in the north of England went no better as it was Gerson himself who, mad with rage, attempted to leave the complex where the team were staying. Finally, the last preparatory match against Milan at the Vélodrome saw a spat at half-time between Matteo Guendouzi, Sampaoli’s base man, and his coach. Not the best of wishes then.
A style of play that we recognize
Booed even before the first match against Reims, the Croatian coach would completely reverse the situation with six wins and a draw in the first seven days before entering the Champions League. The fans, despite the defeat at Tottenham, kept their heads held high as they had matched the presumably strongest formation in the group. With a 3-4-2-1 system, Tudor has shown that he wants to play on power and fast transitions, regardless of the opponent.
His Champions League campaign was good overall, despite results and a disastrous final against Tottenham on the final day at the Velodrome. OM will not see a European Cup in early 2023. This remains a shadow in the board of the team chaired by Pablo Longoria. But since October 8, Alexis Sanchez and his teammates have been experiencing a major hole in the league.
It’s the third best start after fifteen games at OM
They suffered three defeats (Ajaccio, Paris and Lens and one draw) (Strasbourg) in four games, thus moving away from the qualifying places for the next Champions League. But, even at this very moment, Igor Tudor, who repeated that his team often deserved to win, was not threatened with sending off.
Then he had two games before the break to raise the bar and won twice against Lyon and then against Monaco. With his results, it is the third fastest passing time after fifteen games by an OM coach since 2002 with 30 points. He is beaten only by Rudi Garcia (31 points) and Marcelo Bielsa (34). Also noteworthy is his record against the “big boys” in the league.
Good results against the big names
It has often been said, rightly so, that OM struggled with large posters. If Tudor has had two defeats (against Lens and against Paris), he is doing quite well. He has a draw (against Rennes) and three important victories (Monaco, Lyon and Nice), which have given courage to the Marseille fans, as well as a defined style of play.
” The sensations are positive, we had good performances. If you look at the Champions League matches too, I think all the matches were good, I liked it more. We have created an identity for the team. The team gives everything. We want to show positive football, with the desire to score and not defend. It is true that we lack points, perhaps also due to bad luck. We have a good base and after the break we will be able to improve even more as we will have more time to train and fewer games to follow. It’s a good foundation “, explained Tudor after the match against Monaco. The symbol of a deranged but combative OM, like his supporters and the city.