OM once again lost in a warm-up match on Friday at Middlesbrough (0-2). Igor Tudor’s men continue to worry fans and observers.
In Marseille, the tide quickly turned. After an exhilarating end to last season with the bonus of qualifying for the next Champions League, everything went wrong a few weeks later. If we thought that OM would be very active on the transfer market and would have displayed their ambitions very quickly, this is not the case. Worse, Jorge Sampaoli left the ship for different visions on the OM project with his management. Replaced by Igor Tudor, the Argentinian is already missed on the Canebière. It must be said that the recruitment and performances of the Phocaeans during the preparation matches are of great concern to lovers of the club. A few days ago, OM were slapped by Norwich with a score of three goals to nil. This Friday, Igor Tudor’s men once again failed to measure up against Middlesbrough. Nothing to panic Tudor about.
Tudor already finds excuses for his OM
🚨 Another defeat for OM in pre-season!
Igor Tudor’s side lost 2-0 to Middlesbrough. pic.twitter.com/s6sVIlEUoi
– News Foot (@ActuFoot_) July 22, 2022
At the end of this chaotic meeting of OM against the English, who are playing in the Championship, the former coach of Hellas Verona did not want to panic. Asked by the official channel of the Marseille club, Tudor said: “Our goal was to give players playing time and that’s what we did. The legs were heavy, we have worked a lot in the last few days, so there are a lot of tired players. It’s normal, it was expected”. On his way, Igor Tudor wanted to reassure OM’s next outings, announcing that he needed time to get the best out of his group: “I saw interesting things and things that need to be improved. There is a big consequence: we are not fresh. Two days ago, we had a big physical session so it is normal that, two days later, the players are physically and mentally tough. I’m not worried. I am sure that at the start of the season we will be in good shape. As you can see, I’m trying to change the team’s style of play compared to the last few years. There are a lot of new things, new players.”
Two more meetings to be on point
The season is going to be very very long! Ok it’s the friendly matches ok “we don’t care about the score” but there’s nothing there technically it’s very weak! We don’t even know what Tudor wants to do… it’s very worrying, this coach worries me a lot #TeamOM
— Elsha 𓃵 🇫🇷🇨🇩 (@ElshaOG) July 22, 2022
Against Middlesbrough, it was also an opportunity for OM to start some rookies. This was the case of Jonathan Clauss, Chancel Mbemba and Luis Suarez. In defense, Samuel Gigot and Isaak Touré were also present but did not really ensure. Note that there are still two friendly matches left for OM before starting the new season against Reims on August 7 at the Stade Vélodrome. It will be July 27 against Betis and July 31 against AC Milan. Time is running out for the Phocaeans, who will be eagerly awaited next season. Especially since the first Champions League meetings will happen very quickly. On the other hand, there is still time on the transfer market for Pablo Longoria and his team to find real added value in the workforce of Igor Tudor.