2nd in the standings, still in the running in the Conference League, OM are on the way to a successful season. A success that the club owes in part to its coach, Jorge Sampaoli. Heavily criticized in recent months due to certain poor performances, the Argentine coach was able to turn the situation around after a shower of criticism from supporters. A behavior that does not have more to Thierry Audibert, our guest during the emission of yesterday.
With the victory against Montpellier (2-0) at the Stade Vélodrome this Sunday, OM consolidated their second place in the championship standings. Above all, this success adds to the more than positive results for the Olympians in recent weeks. It’s very simple since the defeat against Monaco on March 6 (0-1), Marseille is undefeated and has chained 7 consecutive victories between league games and those of the Conference League. An impressive series that was difficult to imagine after the setback suffered against the Monegasques and the many attacks from the supporters towards Jorge Sampaoli who seemed to be losing his group little by little.
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Some of his choices like leaving Milik on the bench and his defeats against Nice in the Coupe de France, Lyon, Clermont and Monaco in the league began to seriously irritate the supporters who had demanded a questioning of the coach during a meeting with Pablo Longoria . Despite maintaining the runner-up spot in the league, some were already demanding the head of the former Sevilla coach. A vehemence that has no more to our columnist Thierry Audibert, who spoke on this subject on set during yesterday’s show:
“I wrote an article two days after the defeat against Monaco where I put that everyone inflated me because the obsession, everyone wanted to fire Sampaoli. So yes, there was a series of bad results, less efficient players but the work we saw, there was work and you were second and there was no reason to have such vehemence or to let go » Thierry Audibert – Source: Football Club Marseille (11/04/2022) An overly violent anti-Sampaoli struggle?
If the former Argentina coach was open to criticism at this time of the season in relation to the team’s performance and some of his choices which were far from being shared by the supporters, the wave of criticism and insults that suffered by the coach, especially on social networks, was disproportionate according to our editorialist:
“There was a real anti Sampaoli madness on social networks, the insults at the stadium, the Dodgers page, it went too far. You can criticize, ask yourself questions but rot it as we have done to this point, I find that it is unworthy of an audience that calls itself a connoisseur. It was abnormal to find such a situation where a guy who is in the position where he is, with the place in the standings, the game that we have seen since the start of the season, to rot it to this point for two , three bad results is unforgivable. » Thierry Audibert – Source: Football Club Marseille (11/04/2022)