The Marseillais want to put aside their catastrophic pass in the league by playing the card of the Coupe de France with the trip to Auxerre in the round of 16.
A week after the thunderous departure of André Villas-Boas, Marseille is trying to find a semblance of normality and now wants to look to the future, near with the French Cup on Wednesday in Auxerre, but also further afield. “The future”, “the future”, “hope”, “look ahead”: there was no question of talking about the past Tuesday at OM, because the recent past is not very encouraging, made up of crises, defeats and conflicts.
So, in turn, the sporting director Pablo Longoria, the newcomer Olivier Ntcham and the interim coach Nasser Larguet all assured that only the future counted and that he began on Wednesday in Auxerre, 5th in Ligue 2. Dropped in the championship , where it can only aim for 5th qualifying place for the mysterious Europa Conference League, OM indeed has everything to gain by not neglecting the Cup and this trip to the frozen lawn of Abbé-Deschamps.
“We have to rely on this match to regain the feeling of victory. You have to come back with a victory because a victory brings others ”
“We have to rely on this match to regain the feeling of victory. You have to come back with a victory because a victory brings others ”, wants to believe Nasser Larguet, who will take place for the third time on the Marseille bench. “I barely have a week with the group, it’s very short. We play especially on the intelligence of the players, the discussions. Now, it is up to them to have enough personality so that we can impose our game, ”added the technician, who will be deprived of Payet (suspended) on Wednesday as well as Alvaro, Milik and Amavi, all injured.
“Results are our responsibility. It’s neither the guy in the offices, nor the guy in the stands. It is us, our job, our duty, ”Larguet insisted again, as if to drive away definitively this week during which we talked a lot about the divide between the management of the club and its fans.
“I don’t want to go back over what happened. This club has immense possibilities for the future ”
Questioned by André Villas-Boas when he submitted his resignation (before being laid off) and shaken by the incidents that took place at the training center, Pablo Longoria also hammered that only the future had value. “I don’t want to go back over what happened. This club has immense possibilities for the future. It was hard, what happened at the Commanderie. It was strong but I am a very cold person, with ambition for this project and for this club. It didn’t take a lot of energy from me because I’m working. The past is an apology, ”said the Spaniard.
“All my conversations with Frank McCourt (the owner of the club, editor’s note) are turned towards the future and the ambitions of the club, on a four-year project,” he also assured, as in response to rumors of imminent sale of the club who, even regularly and firmly denied, return indefinitely.
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The future. The future. But with who ? “The past is to be analyzed and for the future, I don’t like haste,” replied Longoria, who is now the central figure of the Marseille project. “The present is our confidence in Nasser’s work. His interim will last until we find the right person, ”he added, suddenly cautious when approaching the case of Jorge Sampaoli who, according to RMC and The team, is his preferred track as a coach.
Olivier Ntcham, first with the Olympians
“It’s a decision that should do good for the future of the club,” he said, since the future was the topic of the day. “We must find a coach who gives hope and who can make us work in normality”, he added, the first part of the sentence corresponding better than the second to the profile of the volcanic Sampaoli. In the middle of all this, Olivier Ntcham, who should appear in the group on Wednesday in Auxerre, was simply “happy to be there” and, well in tone, invited everyone to “look ahead”. “I’m new, I see it all differently. After the storm will come the good weather, ”he promised.