Mercato Mercato – OM: Longoria managed the departure of Steve Mandanda well

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24hfootnews – OM: Longoria managed the departure of Steve Mandanda well

Posted on September 16, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. by Guillaume de Saint Sauveur

If he could not say goodbye to the Marseille supporters, Steve Mandanda will have the opportunity to catch up on Sunday. Now at Stade Rennais, the Bretons will travel to OM on Sunday, on behalf of the eighth day of Ligue 1. A departure which does not seem to have disturbed the locker room, according to the words of Pape Gueye and Igor You sleep.

Sunday’s match will be emotionally charged for theOM. While the Marseillais will receive the Rennais Stadiumthis meeting will also mark the return of Steve Mandanda at theOrange Velodrome. Despite a contract running until 2024, the goalkeeper in 613 games with Marseilles had decided to leave, at the end of a season which he had followed most of the time from the sidelines.

“To say that I don’t think about it would be to lie”

As he admitted himself in Thursday’s conference, this match will be special for him: ” To say that I don’t think about it would be lying, now, everything in its time. I’m focused on Fenerbahçe ahead of this particular comeback for me. ” Even though Jorge Sampaoli trusted him again at the end of the season, Steve Mandanda did not want to relive a season by being put in competition.

“I’m very happy to have him in the locker room”

A situation which necessarily benefited Paul Lopez. The latter is now the indisputable number 1 in the hierarchy of goalkeepers. Igor Tudor was full of praise when talking about his player. “ He’s a very important person. He has values. I’m very happy to have him in the locker room “, he confided this Friday at a press conference.

“No matter who was playing, we knew they would be at the level”

Asked about the subject, Pope Gueye compared the two goalkeepers: They are two huge guardians. They have different qualities, but we were happy to have them both. In terms of play and advice, they are very good goalkeepers. No matter who was playing, we knew they would be level. It was the most important. »

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