Veretout’s response to the controversy over the sex scandal
Veretout: “We are going to talk about the controversy and then about football because I am here to talk about football. These are difficult, complicated times. In no case do I endorse such facts. I have nothing to do with this story.” As a reminder, the former Nantes player was taken aback by some OM supporters because of his position deemed by some to be immoral in a case of sexual assault. OM followers have taken over the excerpt from a program in which a witness assures that the ex-Roma player paid the legal costs of his father-in-law, accused of sexual assault on the stadium. one of his daughters (the player’s sister-in-law) then sentenced to two years in prison in 2021. All the information on this controversy with the fans is here.
Veretout: “OM is a big project”
Veretout: “I’m very happy to be here. I had already been approached. Today it’s time to come back to France. OM is a big project. It’s wonderful for me.”
Veretout is presented with Longoria
Longoria: “It’s natural to present Jordan Veretout. Everyone must be happy with what we are doing. Veretout is one of the best French players, he is a complete player, with a lot of dynamism .”
The latest news on the OM group
Goalkeeper Pau Lopez is absent because injured, Ruben Blanco will therefore play against Reims on Sunday. Caleta Car and Gueye are suspended,
Isaak Touré well and truly present despite a red card received in a friendly match against AC Milan.
This is the end of this press conference
Meeting between the players and the president, tensions, delicate preparation… Dimitri Payet and Igor Tudor swept away the hot news from OM.
A style of play adapted to Ligue 1?
Tudor: “It depends on the style we face. We can have problems with the game in transition of a team that has fast players. But we will also have to find solutions to maneuver more closed teams.”
Tudor: “It’s a good squad but will still be supplemented.”
Group update for Sunday
Tudor: “Everyone is available.”
Towards a scheme with two players in support of a single attacker?
Tudor: “The system takes second place. What’s important is the style. How you move, the mentality, the physique.”
Did he find it difficult to convey his demands in relation to Italy?
Tudor: “There are necessarily differences compared to what I experienced in Italy. But, in the end, it’s always work. The difference is not in the country but in the methods of the coach “I’ve always believed in fatigue, real fatigue. Teams with vertical play and intensity get better results. Against AC Milan, we played against a team that has the game that we wants to put in place. Their team was built in three years. At the start of their journey, they lost 5-0 against Atalanta.”
What is the assessment of the preparation?
Tudor: “We worked well, I get along very well with the players. The preparation was short. Four or five players arrived late, I only worked two or three weeks with some of them. I have been coaching for 10 years. There is always a difference between preparation and official matches. My style is very different from the previous coach. You can win in many different ways. It will take time to get used to in terms of style, but we had a good week of preparation.”
How was the meeting with Longoria and the players?
Tudor: “It’s a private thing. It was a good thing to do. We had a good week of work, with a good mentality for the match ahead of us.”
It’s Tudor’s turn
The Croatian technician succeeds Payet.
On stadium safety
Payet: “Finally a good question (smile). I was hoping to be asked. I was the happiest to see this decision taken in relation to what I experienced. violence in the stadiums. This is the start of something. Congratulations to the League.”
The wise man in the locker room since Mandanda’s departure?
Payet: “That’s what I’ve been trying to do for two years. I think we have a healthy group. When you have a locker room like that, it’s easier to manage. I also have my personal performances to manage. I am not the social worker to solve the problems of the cloakroom.”
Payet: “Another face than the one shown against Milan”
Payet: “We will have to show another face than the one shown against Milan, because here we are in real competition. Beyond the way, the most important thing will be to take the three points.”
What is the key to success this season?
Payet: “The Champions League remains at its peak in terms of intensity, of course we leave some juice there. We can count on a quality workforce. We have an expanded group. It’s up to us to ensure that everyone responds. when the coach needs us.”
Was he worried after the friendly matches?
Payet: “We were worried when we saw that we couldn’t transcribe what we were working on in training. But the friendly are there for that.”
Payet: “The institution goes above”
Payet: “The institution goes above everything. There has been a change of direction. It’s up to us, players, to adapt to that.”
Payet on the Tudor method
Payet: “These are new methods for us. It’s another way of working. We work hard. We need to digest this preparation which has been very heavy. We manage to understand and implement the way we want to play. the coach.
“He’s a coach who wants seriousness, work and demands. It’s completely normal. I was the first to ask to find solutions to increase our demands.”
On the meeting he would have requested with Tudor
Payet: “Dimitri Payet never asked to see the president. There is no meeting requested, neither from me nor from any player. Pablo Longoria came to see us to take stock of the preparation, what he expected from us and the objectives of the season. I know that Dimitri Payet sells. We tried to destabilize us, but everything is clear internally.
The group lives well?
Payet: “The group works well anyway. We work very hard. But yes, we have the same atmosphere as last year. Everything is fine.”
Let’s go for this press conference
Dimitri Payet appears in front of the media.
A tense climate two days before the recovery
Igor Tudor and Dimitri Payet will have no shortage of questions this Friday due to the tense climate between the players and the coach, whose methods are considered brutal. A meeting took place on Wednesday at the training center between the workforce, the staff and the president Pablo Longoria.
Welcome to our live to follow the press conference of Igor Tudor, OM coach, and Dimitri Payet, this Friday from 5:15 p.m.