OM: Courbis prend la défense de Tudor… et charge Sampaoli

OM: Courbis prend la défense de Tudor... et charge Sampaoli

Rolland Courbis insisted on defending Igor Tudor despite the friction between the Marseille coach and some OM players. The member of the Dream Team RMC Sport recalled this Monday that the Croatian had inherited a complicated situation after the hasty departure of Jorge Sampaoli.

One win, one draw and above all three losses. This is OM’s meager record over his five warm-up matches this summer. Newly appointed after the resignation of Jorge Sampaoli, Igor Tudor faces criticism even before the start of the season and the first day of Ligue 1, next Sunday against Reims at the Stade Vélodrome. The Croatian coach will also have to manage tensions with several players such as Gerson or Jordan Amavi. A delegation led by captain Dimitri Payet even asked to see Pablo Longoria to talk about the heavy atmosphere within the group. However, during his Monday night appearance on After Foot at RMC, Rolland Courbis trusted the former defender.

“My point of view is, and will be for several weeks, totally different from what I am hearing and what concerns there may be. My way of seeing things is that if there are no problems after a change of coach (that’s where I would be worried), estimated the member of the Dream Team RMC Sport. This is not a usual or traditional change of manager who is fired because the players, fans and journalists no longer want him. This is a coach who left alone, and who leaves a group accustomed to certain very specific things.”

Courbis defends Tudor but charges against Sampaoli

Appointed a few days after the express departure of Jorge Sampaoli, Igor Tudor is Pablo Longoria’s choice. The former defender of Juventus and Vatrenis is not responsible for the current situation of the Marseille club according to coach Courbis.

“Tudor was never a messiah or a magician. It’s just that Tudor has no issues that would surprise me in this context. He has the problem that three or four important players regret a coach who left”, also estimated the one who trained in Marseille between 1997 and 1999. I prefer to point to Jorge Sampaoli who is leaving… I’m not going to say like a thief but he left. Why did he leave him? I do not know”.

Courbis fears a “betrayal” by Sampaoli

Instead of turning Igor Tudor into the scapegoat of the Marseillais, the consultant preferred to recall the impact of Jorge Sampaoli’s departure. An Argentine coach whom Rolland Courbis suspects has resigned to quickly resurface as head of another team.

“We can’t condemn Igor Tudor who is taking on a very complicated sequel. As for Jorge Sampaoli, it’s not that as I get older I’m more suspicious, but maybe I am. I’m looking forward to knowing what’s going to happen.” In the next weeks. Because if I see Jorge Sampaoli signing in a fortnight or three weeks for another club… A club that was interested in him because he was free of any contract with Olympique de Marseille… I see things with a slightly more twisted mind, I think he may have left to go to another club. And I call that a betrayal.”

“Surprised that Tudor has a problem with only four players”

Arrived to compensate for the departure of Jorge Sampaoli, Igor Tudor will necessarily be compared to his predecessor. A comparison that has no place since the Croatian inherited a group while the Argentine formed it by hand.

“Speaking of Tudor, every time we will compare it with Sampaoli when for me the comparison is prohibited”, Rolland Courbis chained. I already know who I will defend. This Tudor I will defend.

And the After Foot technician concluded by summing up Igor Tudor’s situation at OM with a touch of humor: “Today you have Tudor who is leading a group that is not at all. We will see the end of the transfer window, when there will be a team that looks like Tudor wants it, and not like a team with four players who regret their relationship, the RMC Sport consultancy also estimated. […] Let’s wait a little longer. I’m even surprised that he has a problem with only four OM players.”

Jean-Guy Lebreton with RMC

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