Complicated friendly matches, management methods contested by the players… Olympique de Marseille has been going through a delicate pre-season since the appointment of its new coach Igor Tudor. A crisis meeting is taking place this Tuesday, August 2 with one objective: to ease tensions before starting Ligue 1.
In football, it is generally said that the results of friendly matches should not be relied upon to decide on the success of an upcoming season. Fortunately for Olympique de Marseille.
In five summer meetings, the Phocaeans present an inglorious record of 3 losses1 draw and a victory, the latter acquired against Marignane, a National 2 club.
The statistics are also not glorious. Marseille conceded 8 goals, against only 5 scored (including 4 against Marignane). But more serious is the attitude of the players who wonder.
As disoriented on the ground, the Payet band seems to have lost the desire and the fighting spirit that characterized it last season. And to find an explanation for these poor performances, all eyes turn to one man: Igor Tudor.
Tudor in conflict with his wardrobe?
Arrived on July 4, 2022 at the head of OM after the surprise departure of Jorge Sampaoli, the Croatian technician is far from unanimous among his players. On the contrary, some seem shocked by his training methods, which are considered at best frontal, at worst aggressive and brutal.
The Croatian likes to develop a direct game with the teams he coaches, unlike the possession advocated by his predecessor Sampaoli, who also qualified the Olympians in the Champions League last season. Rebuilding OM’s entire playing identity takes time, and this change of vision would upset some players.
An appeasement meeting scheduled for today
Several members of the workforce have already had heated altercations with their coach, such as the midfielder Gerson or the defender Jordan Amavi. The case Bamba Diengauthor of a triple face in Marignane then confined to the benches during the following meetings without explanations, also makes a lot of talk
The tension would be such that the newspaper The Team reveals that the locker room executives, Dimitri Payet in the lead, reportedly asked their leadership for a meeting with Tudor. It should take place this Tuesday, August 2, with the aim of putting things back on track before the resumption of the championship.
Resumption of the championship under tension
And there is urgency. Marseille receives Reims Sunday August 7 at the Velodrome. Already whistled after their friendly defeat against AC Milan last Sunday (0-2, July 31), OM, out of confidence, are desperately seeking appeasement. And wants to avoid falling into an early crisis from the start of the season.