LIVE – OM: follow the presentation of recruits Azzedine Ounahi and Vitinha
Ounahi on the “modern” game of OM
“It’s a modern game. We’re not a team that controls the ball just for possession. We want to put the opponent in trouble. I watched the games before signing. I made a little video with the coach to show me how he intends to use me”.
Ounahi recounts how Harit convinced him to sign for OM
“Just arrived [à Doha pendant la Coupe du monde], said summons to the room! Directly told me about OM, that I had to come! She was in a hurry, she told me about OM, she told me about the group, the city, the atmosphere. He is a brother to me, he has a good heart. I can’t wait for you to come back, to play with him. He helped me a lot in making my choice. He played an important role in this transfer.”
Ounahi is looking forward to playing at the Vélodrome
“The crowd is magnificent. Playing at home in front of 60,000 people is what we like. We know there’s an atmosphere, we play football for moments like this.”
Ounahi on his first game (and first goal): “I had no stress”
“At Angers, when I entered for the first time, in my first match in Ligue 1, I scored. Yesterday we saw a player happy to be here, to wear the OM shirt. I didn’t have any stress, I took advantage of the first steps with the team, I’m back to have fun and help the group “.
Ounahi on his departure from Angers
“I went to the World Cup in Angers and played excellent games. It was tough for everyone in Angers. It was like that. But I have confidence in myself, I showed that I have the ability to play at a high level. Going to Angers for the World Cup , then to OM… It’s up to me to join the group, to show my qualities. I’m in a big club, which will play for all the titles. It’s up to me to adapt.”
Ounahi: “Physically I’m not at my best”
“We know very well that physically I’m not at the top. I went through a difficult period after the World Cup, I injured my ankle. There was also a difficult period in the transfer. But I felt good in yesterday’s match. The group put me in shape, now it’s my turn to work to find my physical level”.
Ounahi on her unique journey
“In football, it goes very fast. You find yourself in a big club, then tomorrow we don’t talk about you anymore. I have faith in myself, in my qualities. I know where I want to go. I did the World Cup, I took advantage of every moment , at OM I will take advantage of it and I am very happy to sign here”.
Ounahi on his post
“The coach knows very well that I can play in front of the defense and behind the forwards. I won’t choose a role. I will be at the service of the group. I will give 100%, no matter where the coach puts me.”
Ouhani: “My choice was natural”
“The president, I had a discussion with him during the World Cup. He told me about the club, he explained that he wanted me to come to OM. I had very advanced discussions with Italian and English clubs. But I chose OM because it is “One of the biggest clubs in Europe, the biggest in France, the only one to win the Champions League. It’s a real club. I had a discussion with Amine Harit, who told me about the club. My choice was natural.”
Longoria explains why Ounahi was recruited
“It’s important for us to recruit players from Ligue 1, for knowledge of the league. We’ve been following him for a long time. Every time we finish a match, he’s a player I wanted to greet among all the opponents.” he is a special player, talented, with the ability to unbalance that he has. To reinforce the squad, it was necessary to find a percussion player with ball control. Qualities that he has. With Amine Harit injured, we said we were looking for a player with a similar profile. He’s not exactly the same type of player, but we wanted the dynamism up front, it’s necessary for our way of playing.”
Ounahi will be the first player introduced.
The conference is scheduled for 2.30pm.
President Pablo Longoria will be present during this presentation of the two Olympic recruits.
Tudor is also under the spell
“Obviously he will need time to adapt to our style because he comes from a club where he has practiced totally different things. He will need time, the Croatian coach explained to the press on Wednesday. He has talent, everyone has seen it. One of the reason for we signed him for is his talent and tonight he proved it with his goal.”
Ounahi has already conquered the heart of Marseille
Signed by OM from Angers for eight million euros, Azzedine Ounahi (22) played his first game for Marseille and scored in Nantes (0-2) on Wednesday. He won over his partners, including Valentin Rongier.
“It’s ich-ich! It’s magnificent, commented the Olympic midfielder in the mixed zone after the match. He did a great job and this goal did us a lot of good. We complimented him and I hope he gets many more likes of that one. “
Good morning everyone
Welcome to our stream to follow the presentation of the two OM recruits during the winter transfer market: Azzedine Ounahi and Vitinha. The press conference is scheduled for Thursday at 2.30pm.