Second in the standings, still in the running in the Conference League, OM is on track for a successful season. A success that the club owes in part to its coach, Jorge Sampaoli. Heavily criticized in recent months for certain poor performances, the Argentine coach was able to turn the situation around after a barrage of criticism from the fans. A behavior that Thierry Audibert, our guest during yesterday’s broadcast, no longer has.
With victory against Montpellier (2-0) at the Stade Vélodrome this Sunday, OM consolidated its second place in the championship standings. Above all, this success adds to the more than positive results of the Olympians in recent weeks. It’s very simple since the defeat against Monaco on March 6 (0-1), Marseille is undefeated and has chained 7 consecutive victories between League games and those of the Conference League. An impressive series that was difficult to imagine after the setback suffered against the Monegasques and the numerous attacks from the fans towards Jorge Sampaoli who seemed to be losing his group little by little.
Some of his choices such as leaving Milik on the bench and his losses to Nice in the French Cup, Lyon, Clermont and Monaco in the league began to seriously irritate the fans who had demanded an interrogation of the coach during a meeting with Pablo Longoria. Despite maintaining the league runner-up, there were already those who claimed the head of the former Sevilla coach. A vehemence that our columnist Thierry Audibert no longer has, who spoke on this subject on set during yesterday’s program:
“I wrote an article two days after the defeat against Monaco where I said that everyone inflated me because of the obsession, everyone wanted to fire Sampaoli. Alors oui, il y avait une série de mauvais résultats, des joueurs moins performants mais le travail on le voyait, il y avait du travail et t’étais second et il n’y avait aucune raison d’avoir une telle véhémence ou de le release ” Thierry Audibert – Source: Football Club Marseille (11/04/2022) An anti-Sampaoli fight that is too violent?
If the former Argentine coach was open to criticism at this time of the season in relation to the team’s performance and some of his choices that far from being shared by the fans, the wave of criticism and insults suffered by the coach, especially on social media social, was disproportionate according to our editorialist:
“There was a real anti-Sampaoli madness on social networks, the insults in the stadium, the Dodgers page, it went over the line. You can criticize, ask yourself questions but rot as we have done so far, it seems unworthy of an audience that calls itself knowledgeable. It was unusual to find a situation like this where a guy who is in the position he is in, with the place in the standings, the game that we’ve seen since the beginning of the season, rots to this point by two, three. bad results is inexcusable. » Thierry Audibert – Source: Football Club Marseille (11/04/2022)