who to protect Pau Lopez?

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Since the resumption of Ligue 1, just after the Christmas holidays, the matches have been linked. If the results are extremely positive for OM, which have only had victories so far, the squad is shrinking. So, yes, of course, Ruslan Malinovskyi, the new recruit will be present in the group to join Troyes, Igor Tudor will miss a few elements.

Payet is absent for an ankle pain, but it is especially in defense that he will miss the world. Nuno Tavares is serving his second suspension match (he had been sentenced to three games) after his red card against Montpellier, Jonathan Clauss will not be traveling to Aube since he has not recovered enough from his adductor strain and obviously Eric Bailly is also absent since his exclusion against Hyères in the Coupe de France. The Ivorian should miss a few matches. Pau Lopez spoke about it on Monday at a press conference.

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OM-Hyères: Eric Bailly has tripped

Lopez and Tudor plead for Bailly

The two situations are different. Nuno, it’s avoidable, we lead 2-0, it’s the 80th minute. He is young, he still needs to improve. Eric’s… we agree that it’s red. If you look at how he plays, sometimes he does that. I hope the best for the player, I hope he will play again soon, he is in the hospital (the Hyères player, editor’s note). Eric is in contact with him. Health is important, I hope he will play soon “Explained the Marseille porter.

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So, inevitably, it will still be complicated to line up a defense, especially since OM are playing five behind. But that does not worry the coach, Igor Tudor: ” as far as Bailly is concerned, I hope he doesn’t take many days, it was a careless mistake, it would be a shame if he took a lot of matches. We have the players to cover all the positions so it’s not a problem “.

Some baroque options

Admittedly, OM are armed, but it can get even more complicated in the event of injury or suspension. Currently, the Croatian to line up a three-man defense made up of Samuel Gigot, recovered from his concussion, Leo Balerdi and Chancel Mbemba and on the sides Kolasinac on the left and Kabore, who has not given satisfaction so far, on the right . But there are other options a bit more baroque.

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To begin with, Cengiz Ünder has finished a few games this year in the piston position, but that seems a bit too offensive to start a game. Valentin Rongier has already helped out on the right side, especially last year, but it will be very restrictive. Finally, during the match against Hyères, Pape Gueye played left central defender. A new solution for Tudor: “ I talked with him. It depends on him, if he accepts the challenge or not. I think he has the ability to do it, especially since the third defender attacks a lot, participates in the game. He has a very good left foot, is carried forward. I think this is a role in which he could evolve in a very positive way. He has to see it as a plus. Obviously, his role as a midfielder is still there, but it will depend on him and his will. “. But this game sector could well suffer this Wednesday evening…

Pub. the 01/11/2023 14:46
update the 01/11/2023 14:55

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