Longoria comes out of silence on the crisis

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The president of Olympique de Marseille, Pablo Longoria, spoke briefly about the tensions experienced internally by the Bouches-du-Rhône club.

Olympique de Marseille is going through difficult times at the dawn of the 2022-2023 season and Sunday’s reception of the Stade de Reims, counting for the 1st day of Ligue 1. After the resounding departure of its Argentinian coach Jorge Sampaoli, the Marseille club chose to appoint Igor Tudor. Problem, the Croatian coach would not be unanimous in the heart of the locker room. Some players would have questioned the method of the 44-year-old technician. To the point of already considering a breakup?

“Pre-season backwaters don’t interest me”

Tuesday evening, a meeting was held between the ex-coach of Hellas Verona and the partners of Dimitri Payet. According to the newspaper’s revelations Provence, “Pablo Longoria spoke in front of everyone and reminded everyone of the importance of the collective and the demands.” For the newspaper The Teamthe Spanish leader came out of silence by banishing the subject of these internal tensions. “The competition is coming, and the pre-season turmoil doesn’t interest me.”

The 36-year-old prefers to insist on the ambitions displayed by the club. “Like last season, we hope to join in the battle for the podium, the message remains the same with our players. In the Champions League, everything will depend on the draw. We aim to be competitive, without putting too much pressure on ourselves, we hope to build a crescendo, match after match. The main objective remains the Championship, we are really focused on it. Regarding the Vélodrome and its great public, we do football for our supporters, we first want to have a real identity of play in the team, it is fundamental, and the results will come later.

Second in the last Ligue 1 season and qualified for the group stage of the Champions League, Olympique de Marseille will only have won a friendly success against fans from Marignane. It’s up to Mattéo Guendouzi’s teammates to soften the situation and find a smile by dominating the Rémois.