OM 3-1 Montpellier: Villas-Boas double blow – Season

It is difficult to find a better illustration of the expression “winning coaching”. A shot to record his game if it happens to Football Manager and force his friends to watch in replay what happened, even if they do not necessarily want to. Too much pride. Also a fan of PC games in his younger years, André Villas-Boas may have thought about his old games when preparing his line-up against Montpellier. Because he made a classic move. To steal one of his key players, he started an element that we thought was in the cellar, to everyone’s surprise. And he reversed the positions in the last quarter of an hour. A move that often works in simulation. André Villas-Boas succeeded in real life. Against Montpellier, he started Nemanja Radonjic, whose last tenure in Ligue 1 dates back to the first match played this season in Brest, and placed Dimitri Payet on the bench. Both scored. Bonus, the third goal is scored by Germain, another incoming, on an assist from Khaoui, another incoming. End of the game.

Garcia had tried to sting Payet too …

However, being a coach, managing a group like that of OM, it is not a game, and it can have serious consequences. For having tried to sting him also Dimitri Payet two years ago by putting him on the bench, Rudi Garcia had ended up putting him back for the end of the season. He had nevertheless made him shine in Lille, had known each other for years but the Reunionese had turned him on behind in a press conference and especially in a match during the last OM-Lyon (2-1). Taking Nemanja Radonjic out of the hat hadn’t been a quick fix so far either. We can think back to his match against Manchester City in the Champions League. The blow was risky, especially since in front it was a good team of Montpellier, in other words not three points which could be ensured by the other aligned players without forcing.

Radonjic and / or Payet?

These types of decisions are always difficult for him. Dim was obviously not too happy, but he came in with a good frame of mind, he scored. He knows that he is very important to us, I want him to get us used to the level he had last season. It’s important for him and for us, because it was his best season at OM ” commented André Villas-Boas after the meeting, as you can see in the video. With this victory, he therefore made a double blow: he raised Radonjic and Payet. Immediately, the team’s offensive outlook is not the same. It remains to find the right formula for the next match. Still with the Serbian at the start to tire the defenses and Payet at the end of the match? The reverse? Radonjic on the left and Payet in 10 in the same 4-2-3-1? So far, AVB is not in favor. André Villas-Boas had explained why he did not want Payet in the axis in this system. Maybe he will change his mind for the next game. We are no longer close to a tactical move …


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