Pablo Longoria immediately replaced him with Igor Tudor. Despite the availability of more attractive coaches on paper (Marcelino, De Zerbi), the Spanish leader did not hesitate for a second: he indeed had many reasons to opt for the Croatian coach. What he saw of Hellas Verona pleased him. What he heard from the former Juventus defender, too. “I was very pleasantly surprised by his wordshe said Tuesday during the first press conference of his new coach. We talked about the club’s project and structure. According to him, there is the club, the leaders, the coach, the players. I liked it a lot.”
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The real changes will therefore rather concern the profiles sought. And force the president of OM to leave aside several avenues that have been under study for several months. “A good leader must have good adaptabilityhe recalled on Tuesday. Adaptation to the city, the club, the supporters but also to the coach and his style. You always have to meet the expectations of the coach because he is the one who will make the players play and try to get the best out of them..”
From possession football, Marseille could move towards a more intense and vertical game. The priority recruitment criteria are therefore no longer the same. Especially since the tactical plan will also evolve, even if Tudor does not make an obsession of it. “The ambition is always to give the coach a workforce adaptable to his style of play, with individual profiles adaptable to the collectivedetailed Longoria. We know the values that we must add to our group. It changes the planning we had done with Sampaoli. But we adapted, we already have ideas.”
Thus, the one who was a candidate for the replacement of Boubacar Kamara last week may no longer be today. “Kamara was a true 6 who could slip into central defenserecalled the Spaniard. With Igor, the two midfielders have different characteristics: more mobility, pressing, sense of position.” A little less than two months from the closing of the transfer window, Marseille is not yet in a hurry. Especially since this market has remained relatively calm if we exclude the English bubble.
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Longoria does not want to rush, even if her mission promises to be particularly difficult. The financial means are limited and the first objective remains to increase the sporting ambition of the club. “We don’t just want to replacehe hammered. We also want to improve. This is a situation that should lead to the change of five to eight players in the workforce.”
The Marseille board is thus working on the sale of unwanted income from inconclusive loans (Radonjic, Amavi, Strootman) and the departure of other unconvincing elements, such as Luis Henrique. Longoria’s Italian networks, as well as his new sporting director Javier Ribalta, should help. The journalist specializing in the transfer window Fabrizio Romano mentioned, for example, negotiations around Kevin Strootman with … Hellas Verona, which Igor Tudor left a few weeks ago. The potential reinforcements mentioned in recent days (Simeone, Mertens) show that the agreement could work in both directions.
Igor Tudor during his presentation in Marseille, July 5, 2022
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