Olympique de Marseille is about to experience a series of completely crazy matches in February. What to do with the real ambitions of OM Sampaoli-Longoria version.
Olympique de Marseille, for the first time in a long time, had a week to prepare for the match against Lens. And we saw the result: it was sublime. However, the Phocaeans will have a lot of trouble, in the near future, to have a lot of time to prepare for their matches.
The terrible sequence begins with the reception of Montpellier this Saturday, in the Coupe de France. If the Marseillais pass this round, they will play their late match against Olympique Lyonnais, three days later, on Tuesday. The following Friday, they will welcome Angers to the Orange Vélodrome, before going to Metz nine days later, to welcome Qarabag to the Vélodrome on February 17, then Clermont on February 20 to Marseille, and to make two trips: one in Azerbaijan on the 24th, before going to Troyes for a match on Sunday at 1pm!
But this is not the only case. If OM lose this Saturday, they will be quiet for a week, since the match against OL will take place on the 10th, between Angers (4/02) and the trip to Metz (13/02). Either way, nothing is going to be easy. It is also on this subject that Jorge Dessio, assistant to Sampaoli, suspended against Montpellier, spoke at a press conference on Thursday.
Rongier thinks the squad is sufficient
” It’s true that we will have a calendar with matches even more quickly if we qualify for the Cup. Regarding the workforce, we have a similar workforce. Two important players have arrived and have integrated well. What we have to do is that in training everyone is involved if we need them. Our idea is that in training everyone is at their best level so that we can be competitive. Again, we could have a more complicated schedule. There is no single recipe, it is Jorge who must decide the team, who analyzes the squad every day to find out who the best players are. I only came here once, there is no starter or substitute, we don’t know who will play this weekend. We want to win matches. Jorge chooses the players who will be in the best mood. We’ll see what can happen, there are a lot of things like injury, fatigue and penalties so we can’t know, we’ll see after Saturday’s game “, released the right arm of El Pelado.
Valentin Rongier, he clearly hopes that everything will be fine and that the workforce is ready for it. ” I wish I could say yes to you (that they will be physically ready, editor’s note), we will discuss it at the end of February or mid-March, or we will have chained a lot of matches. When you move on, it’s important to have rotation, the coach did it well during the first part of the season. the pace of training too. I think we are ready with the squad we have “, explained the ex-Nantais. We will know more about the real ambitions of OM this year, after this insane sequence.