It’s probably one of the big hits of the summer. Olympique de Marseille is in the process of finalizing the arrival of Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean striker of Inter Milan will commit for two seasons on the old port. He comes to reinforce a workforce already provided in the offensive sector. A transfer that beyond the media coup raises some questions. How do OM intend to play with Alexis Sanchez?
OM are active on the transfer market
This summer, Olympique de Marseille has strengthened considerably in the various sectors of the game. While the Marseille club is competing in the Champions League this season, Pablo Longoria does not just want to be an extra. OM wants to settle in the long term.
Thus, several players loaned last season and who gave satisfaction were kept. This is particularly the case of Mattéo Guendouzi. The French midfielder has been permanently transferred from Arsenal to Marseille.
Today, just a stone’s throw from the start of the season, OM find themselves with one of the most overstaffed squads in Ligue 1. No less than 43 players are in the professional group of the Marseille team.
On the attacking front, 11 players are members of the Marseille team, including Arkadiusz Milik. The Polish striker netted 20 goals in all competitions last season. To him are added Cédric Bakambu, the Turkish Cengiz Under, the Colombian Luis Suarez or the Senegalese Bemba Dieng.
An agreement reached with Alexis Sanchez
But the Marseille sports management is still very active on the transfer market. Thus, the club is in the process of concluding the arrival of another cador on the front of the attack. The Chilean Alexis Sanchez, player of Inter Milan would have terminated his contract with the Lombard club.
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He too should put his suitcases on the Old Port. He therefore joins a large workforce, in a game sector where there will be great competition.
At 34, Alexis Sanchez is no longer a player to present. The year-old Chilean notably played under the colors of FC Barcelona from 2011 to 2014, where he scored 47 goals in 141 games.
A good pick for OM
At the Arsenal Gunners, under the orders of Arsène Wenger among others, the Chilean spent 4 seasons before joining the Nerazzuri in 2019. In the meantime, he played for a year and a half under the colors of Manchester United.
Alexis Sanchez is a lively player, capable of evolving on the whole front of the attack. He is very effective from the head and has an above average technical quality. He is also a player who stands out for his burst of speed.
Even if he only scored 9 goals last season, he remains a quality player. His arrival in Marseille cannot therefore go unnoticed. If it is true that it is a size reinforcement, one can also wonder how Igor Tudor, the Olympian coach will make all these beautiful people play.
Because difficult to imagine the Chilean double winner of the Copa America coming to the Old Port without having had guarantees as to his playing time.
What game system with Alexis Sanchez?
During the last warm-up match, Igor Tudor, the OM coach, had his team play in a 3 attacking system. According to the observations made last season, Captain Dimitri Payet holds a starting position while the others, Milik, Bakambu, Under, in particular alternate according to their form.
In this register, a profile like that of the Chilean Sanchez, endowed with a good burst of speed and an interesting finishing ability, can prove to be a satisfactory option for Tudor. Sanchez has experience at a very high level. He can therefore bring his experience to the front of the Marseille attack.
A Payet-Sanchez association?
The prospect of a possible association with D. Payet can also make your mouth water. Indeed, an agreement between the two players can make sparks. Payet and his ability to offer millimeter balloons to his attackers, can find in the profile of the Chilean a relay of choice to concretize the opportunities.
To this duo, a Cengiz Under or a Milik in form can be added and constitute a quality offensive block. With the presence in the Marseille group of the new French international Jonathan Clauss, Igor Tudor can even consider the option of a defense at 3.
Such an option can help to densify the midfield, and allow Payet to better devote himself to offensive tasks. In this register, combinations with an inspired Alexis Sanchez can be interesting for the Marseille attack.
OM must play on several fronts
Especially since OM will play on several fronts this season with Ligue 1 Uber Eats and the Champions League, not to mention the Coupe de France. The team will be solicited and will have to respond accordingly so as not to harvest points.
It is therefore up to Igor Tudor to find the right balance to put his players in the optimal conditions. What is certain is that with this workforce, the Marseille coach has what it takes to bring the club to a good Champions League campaign in particular.
We still remember OM’s last pitiful participation in the Big Ears Cup competition. OM had failed to win a single game. This year, such a scenario must absolutely not be repeated. The Marseille supporters are there to remind their team