The President of the Marseille Olympics said a few words to the coaches who caused such controversy… but now criticizes the individualism of the system
Pablo LongoriaSince the beginning of March, the chairman of the Marseille Olympics has not easily taken office.along with Jorge Sampaoli, But completely ruled out the possibility of participating in the next UEFA Champions League.
OM ranked sixth In Ligue1, Monaco is only 16 points behind, third, and Lille is 18 points behind the surprising leader.But it is also 12 points behind Lyon, which marks the position of the Europa League, so it is difficult to appear in the new conference league., There are four days left.
But apart from sports, it is not easy for Longoria in a convulsive club like Marseille. A few words from him In an interview with “El País” Caused controversy in France, Because they are seen as a criticism of the French coach.
“In France There is no French game mode. Objectively, if we analyze it, it is One of the countries with the least coach output. They do not sell collective ideas. But individually, it is the player with the most exports Because the French players continue to play on the streetEspecially in many areas of Paris, Marseille and Lyon”.
These words did not fall on deaf ears, but were quickly transferred to French coach LaLigue1.
“Who is Pablo Longoria? Since when has been the chairman of the Marseille Olympics? I will not answer you, you are free to say what you want.just We are the world champions of Deschamps, and Zidane has won three consecutive times“,Reply Antoine Kombouare, Nantes coach.
Former French coach Raymond Domenech called his offense stupid, even though Rudi GarciaHe replied in Lyon, on the other hand, “In Italy, Italian coaches get more support, while foreigners have less shots because they support them more,” the former Roma said.
Nor did Monaco’s Croatian coach and former Bayern coach Nico Kovac keep up with the trend at the time. “I think the French They are underestimated. I can’t say that they don’t have a game model. Let’s take Arsenal’s Wenger, England’s Gerald Hollier, Real Madrid’s Zidane, and the national team’s Deschamps as examples. Ø Galte, The cooperation with Lille is excellent.
A few months later, at a press conference, Longoria wanted to clarify. “This is an open debate, and everyone can comment. This reflects more of the specific issues that should be reflected. We are eighth in the UEFA rankings (this season) and we have 7,500 points.Ask yourself questions Why are we in this position? With the reform of (2024 champion), it is important to enter the top 5. I don’t attack French coaches, I respect them very much, but this is just “reflection”.
But on the other hand, Longoria, who is attacking the French system, did not stop there. “One of the problems in France is We conduct very personalized training, I can repeat it without problems. The problem is to know: Why do we have so many talents, why do they want to go abroad? Is the integration of French players different from other nationalities? Have stronger individualism. This may explain the difficulties of French coaching abroad., Individual nutritionist, individual physical therapist… Sometimes you feel like you are in front of a tennis player. “, he concluded.
Marseille’s sixth place should not conceal another reality. The team will work with Jorge Sampaoli. Since the arrival of the former Sevilla players, they have added 16 points to 21 possible points.