the very disappointing evening of Azzedine Ounahi

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The end of 2022 for Azzedine Ounahi was remarkable. His World Cup, where he was a semi-finalist with Morocco, was fabulous and he even drew compliments from Luis Enrique. Excuse a bit. We therefore expected him to experience a generally agitated winter transfer window, with many courtiers.

This was the case, but the Angers midfielder had chosen Olympique de Marseille: “ I want to thank the president for his trust. I had a discussion with him at the World Cup, which lasted more than thirty minutes. He told me about the club, he really wanted me. I had very advanced discussions in Italy and England. I chose OM, it’s the big club in France, a big club in Europe. I chose OM because it’s a real club. Amine (Harit) also told me about the club. My choice was natural “.

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This declaration, he had made it the day of his press conference, the day after his first minutes under the colors of OM, in Nantes. At the Canaries, he had shown the full extent of his talent by scoring an absolutely sublime goal. However, Igor Tudor, his coach, had asked for time, just like for Vitinha. This is the reason why we had not yet seen him start.

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Involved in the opening of the Toulouse score

But this era is over since in Toulouse, this Sunday evening, the Moroccan was a starter (victory for OM 3-2). We expected a lot of things, especially the Toulouse intensity. This didn’t really help Ounahi since he seemed to be playing at a pace that didn’t resemble that of the other players. Too easy, too much dilettantism.

His recovery, on the opening of the Toulouse score is also a symbol. He tries to put Nuno Tavares in one touch, misses and loses the ball in the 30 meters of his team. Then, he gradually disappeared from the radar, only making back or side passes. It will take time, but what he showed this Sunday evening before being replaced at the break should not upset Igor Tudor too much when it comes time to lay down a starting lineup on paper.

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