After Marseille – Saint-Etienne- Jorge Sampaoli: “This philosophy is the only way to give joy to people”

A week ago, they left Nice in thick fog. This Saturday, at the Vélodrome, Marseille players and supporters found themselves in a cloud, throughout a frankly refreshing performance against Saint-Etienne (3-1), within the framework of the 4th day of Ligue 1. Collectively, OM have managed their most successful match since the start of the season and given substance to the playing philosophy of their coach, Jorge Sampaoli.

The Olympians had never mastered a match as they did, against the Greens. In Montpellier, they had to overturn the table. In Bordeaux, they had lost ground. In Nice, they had been mistreated – and that is little to say. This time, the Marseillais kept their foot on the accelerator from start to finish. Even after legalization of Kolodziejczak, on set piece. Especially after returning from the locker room, when the Stéphanois decided to press higher on the field.

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Today it all came together, confided Dimitri Payet on Canal+ after the meeting. The public responded present. U.S. too. “Performing since the resumption, the Marseille leader shone again. And this time, his positioning did not cause any deficit in the opponent’s area.

OM know where they are going

Gerson, comforted by Rongier’s presence, projected himself. And scored … on a pass from Payet. “Putting the partner in the best possible conditions, that’s what I like, added the Reunion. I have a role of false nine where I take down a lot to let others take the depth and serve them afterwards. I have a lot of fun in the field and I am happy.”

The joy of the Marseillais after the goal of Cengiz Ünder during the match between OM and Saint-Etienne on August 28, 2021 in Ligue 1

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In the wake of the playmaker, all of the rookies shone. And the six most offensive players were decisive. Cengiz Ünder, involved in all three goals, scored. Gerson and Guendouzi too. Payet, Rongier and Konrad de la Fuente each delivered an assist. With this OM, the danger comes from everywhere. And at full speed. “It’s always better to play ball with real players“smiled Payet. Marseille’s performance has further given credibility to Sampaoli’s choices and, more generally, to President Pablo Longoria’s strategy on the transfer market.

Better, the Marseille team still seems to have room, since it narrowly missed the finish (19 shots for 5 on target). But the intentions are clear. “We played very well, we attacked a lot, noted Sampaoli at the microphone of the broadcaster. It is the objective and the model of play that we like. We owe it to ourselves to respect the tradition of this club. He must regain the greatness he deserves. And this philosophy is the only way to give joy to people. “It was enough to see the stands to believe it.

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