Longoria pleads guilty


By: Manu Tournoux

This Thursday evening, OM reunites with its former coach, Marcelino, for the Europa League. Pablo Longoria takes the opportunity to return to the delicate transition between Igor Tudor and the Spanish technician in the middle of last year.

At the very beginning of last June, Igor Tudor announced his departure from Olympique de Marseille, only one season after arriving on the Marseille sidelines. His successor, Marcelino, stayed only three months before resigning from his post under pressure from supporters groups.

Pablo Longoria returned to this complicated handover between the two technicians. “It was Igor Tudor’s decision to leave. Here in Marseille, let’s say that the life of a coach is complicated, mainly because of the level of pressure and passion at the club, which is very high. It is normal in modern football that, in such passionate environments, stability with coaches is difficult to find. We believe that Tudor has given us a very clear and difficult to reproduce playing model,” declared the president of OM during an interview with Ace.

Superficial analysis

The Spanish leader does not give up. “With Marcelino, we thought that giving more order would allow us to have a structure that could bear fruit. It’s true, and it’s a very personal internal criticism, we minimize the impact of moving from one idea to another. We thought it would take us less time. We have not analyzed it in depth”regrets Longoria, assuming his responsibility.

This Thursday evening, at 9 p.m., OM welcome Villarreal to the Stade Vélodrome for the round of 16 first leg of the Europa League. The reunion with Marcelino, now on the bench of the Spanish team, could be stormy.

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