OM: Clauss responds to Benatia


By: Manu Tournoux

In recent weeks, Jonathan Clauss has found a level much closer to that which made him a French international. The right back of Olympique de Marseille responds on the pitch to Mehdi Benatia who strongly criticized him in public.

Shameful, disgusting. The UNFP did not mince its words to criticize the behavior of Mehdi Benatia towards Jonathan Clauss. The professional footballers’ union did not at all appreciate the media outing of the OM sports advisor regarding the right-back and a supposed attitude problem on the part of the former Racing club of Lens.

In addition to lacking a minimum of respect towards the man, we are questioning the professional conscience of a player who would even be capable of faking an injury. Ashamed ! Disgusting ! », We read in the UNFP press release published on February 19. According to Benatia, Jonathan Clauss had annoyed Gennaro Gattuso, the coach at the time, in particular for his exit from the field due to injury on January 27 in Monaco (2-2).

Gasset the magician

According to the version delivered by the OM management, it was only a blow. The Italian technician would have wanted his player to grit his teeth and stay in the game. Since then, the former Lensois piston has returned to a more than satisfactory level, like the good results recorded by OM since the arrival of Jean- Louis Gasset on the Olympian bench (four wins in as many matches played).

A response on the ground which did not obviously result in a media outing from Mehdi Benatia. It is rare, in football as in other fields, that a manager comes to you to tell you that you are doing a good job.

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