Losc: Balerdi released at 30 ‘, Payet glued to the bench, the strong choices of Igor Tudor

Losc: Balerdi released at 30 ‘, Payet glued to the bench, the strong choices of Igor Tudor

Losc: Balerdi released at 30 ‘, Payet glued to the bench, the strong choices of Igor Tudor

At the Velodrome stadium,

Olympique de Marseille players are still celebrating Alexis Sanchez’s goal (26th), but Léo Balerdi already has the mask. The Argentine knows that Igor Tudor will take advantage of this goal to replace him. And even before the engagement, he is forced to give way to Nuno Tavares. Cruel for a young 21-year-old player, after less than thirty minutes of play, but logical after his catastrophic start to the game: no duel won, no interceptions, no remission for nine lost balls and a yellow card.

Asked about this choice at a press conference, the Olympique de Marseille coach admitted he did “something” that “he doesn’t like to do”: “It’s not because he played badly, but because he already had a card. he had an easy card, I didn’t want him to be sent off, ”he tempered, but the Croatian is not shy when it comes to making choices, when so many coaches wait at least until half-time to change a player who is sinking his team.

The management of Dimitri Payet

How to leave Dimitri Payet on the bench once again. Absent from Auxerre’s 2-0 win over the weekend due to a calf injury, Dimitri Payet was well in the group for the away match at Tottenham. But the idol of the fans did not come into play, not more than on Saturday night against Lille. Here, too, Igor Tudor was asked to justify his choice. And after showing signs of annoyance, “I’ve done three interviews tonight, and each time I’ve been asked this question about Payet. He becomes a bit repetitive ”, the Croatian giant was more verbose.

Everyone is important, especially when playing every three days. We had a conversation on Friday and I explained my plan to him. That of not letting him start against Lille, but I told him that he will start against Frankfurt in the Champions League. He is a player who has always done well, who plays well, he is strong. So obviously I expect a lot from him. He feels good, he’s positive in training, so I can’t wait to see him play in three days, ”he later developed.

To see Dimitri Payet celebrate this victory with his teammates, before accompanying them to greet the public, it seems that he accepts these choices of Igor Tudor, which have finally allowed Olympique de Marseille to overturn a bad situation, to finally beat Lille ( 2 -1). And above all to return to 1st place in Ligue 1, on a par with PSG. Enough to gain confidence before hosting Frankfurt in the Champions League, which is even more important than the one against Lille. And for which the OM coach will still have to make strong choices with Mbemba’s disqualification and Gigot’s injury. What to see Balerdi play more than 30 minutes on Tuesday?

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