Igor Tudor, a discussed but effective method

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The co-leader of Ligue 1 along with its rivals in Paris, Olympique de Marseille made a simple historic start to the season. And for good reason. Despite his 73 seasons spent in the elite of French football, the Marseille club still managed to achieve some great firsts. Thanks to the success obtained against LOSC (2-1), last weekend, Igor Tudor’s men thus recorded a total of 19 points after 7 days of the championship. Impressive and unprecedented statistics for the Sky and White have just been revealed by statistician Opta. With six wins and a handful of draws, OM have never reached such a total in this season.

A cannon start that the Phocaeans will try to confirm, this Sunday at 3 pm, during the reception at the Stade Rennais. Defeated (0-1) by Eintracht Frankfurt on the second day of the Champions League, OM, already in poor form in their group D, can, despite everything, rely on the confidence accumulated since the continuation of the French championship. Impressive in Nice, strong against Auxerre, revanchist when they received the Dogues, the Olympian team continued the excellent performances in France and thus followed the hellish run led by Paris Saint-Germain. With many summer recruits and an efficient 3-4-3, OM impressed, despite the many criticisms leveled against its main architect: Igor Tudor.

Igor Tudor developed his personality and his methods!

Arriving at Canebière during the summer to replace Jorge Sampaoli, who left suddenly, the 44-year-old Croatian technician continues to prove his approach. Sometimes whistled, often discussed, the former coach of Hellas Verona and Hajduk Split considers his decisions, even if it means burning the Orange Vélodrome. Dimitri Payet on the bench? No problem. Exit Alexis Sanchez in C1? Yes and so ? Conspiracy for some of his decisions? Good. Back for the mea culpa. “The way I saw the game, I didn’t think they dominated or put more pressure. It wasn’t a negative first half for us. It’s true that we lacked creativity up front, but it wasn’t bad. In the second half, we pushed really well, the players entered the field strongly. We should have scored, the draw would have been fairer. Unfortunately, football is played in the details, we took this goal with an interception and that’s football.admitted Tudor after the defeat against Frankfurt.

Now, this Friday, in a press conference, the former coach of Udinese did not hesitate to return to the top of his approach. Assimilating a game philosophy closer to Italian football, he defended himself. Again, there is no language on wood. “I’m not Italian, I’m Croatian. I don’t think there’s Italian or French football… we like to put people in boxes. I’ve seen Italian coaches play defensively, others press hard . In 2022, it’s a coach’s game and not a country’s. The coach must be able to develop his game, to pass his own vision to his players. The part of freedom: it’s a mix between in freedom and structure, structure should not be lost. In attack there may be a little freedom, in defense less..

A clear message sent by the new strongman in Marseillais before sending a new message to his group: “I’m 45 and I’m still learning who I am. I can have many caps. I really believe in hierarchy, everyone should do their job and not everyone else’s. If I want to change things, not do it the right way, it can create tension. Especially for players who have been working in a certain way for years.. A new release that symbolizes the strength of Tudor’s character. And if the criticism fell on the Croatian during his debut at OM, it is clear that the method has merit, now, to work. At least in Ligue 1…

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