It was a hot as embers Dimitri Payet who landed at a press conference this Friday, before OM’s first match in the league this weekend, against Reims, at the Vélodrome. Whereas Provence revealed that the Marseille captain had asked to meet Pablo Longoria to discuss the internal tensions with the new coach Igor Tudor, whose methods would not pass with the group, Payet firmly denied, speaking of him in the third person, as if to show his annoyance.
“Dimitri Payet never asked to see the president of OM. There was no meeting requested, neither on my part, nor on that of the other players for that matter. Pablo came to talk to us on Tuesday, the day of recovery, after Sunday’s match against AC Milan, he assured. He gave an update on the preparation, on what he expected of us, on the objectives of the season, quite simply. I know that Dimitri Payet sells, apparently a lot. Once again, we tried to destabilize him again. But as internally, everything is clear, there were no worries, fortunately. »
Payet talks about the Tudor method
Determined to calm the game around his team, the Marseillais assured that there was no dissonance between the players and Igor Tudor, contrary to what has been said in the regional and national press in recent days.
“These are new methods, another way of working, it’s normal after a change of coach. We work a lot, we work hard. We need to digest this preparation which was very heavy. We are gradually coming to understand this way of playing that our coach wants to put in place, he explained. I hope we can show that on Sunday. He is a coach, from the moment he enters the field, who wants seriousness, requirement. We had asked, me first, that we find solutions during this off-season to increase our level of requirement. “All is well in the best of worlds, then.