Michaël Cuisance, Saîf-Eddine Khaoui or Valère Germain were not present at OM’s collective training this Friday morning. The reason is simple, and without appeal: Jorge Sampaoli has decided to work with a smaller group, even if it means excluding some players.
Jorge Sampaoli regretted last weekend, after the match against Saint-Etienne, that certain individual interests had taken precedence over the interests of the team and the ambitions of OM. Pretty clear implication: some players would think a little too much about the end of the season and their personal situation, or would be disturbed by their future. And this uncertainty would impact the performance of the team.
This finding full of bitterness from Sampaoli following the defeat in Forez, the first instinct would have been to analyze the performance of the players on the scoresheet against the Greens, and whose attitudes would have disappointed Sampaoli. Still, the first decisions made this week seem to be targeting other players. Sampaoli has indeed decided, since Wednesday, to train with a smaller group of potential holders. This Friday morning, some players like Michaël Cuisance, Saîf-Eddine Khaoui or Valère Germain were not present at training.
Sampaoli: “There are a lot of things that generate confusion at the end of the season”
Sampaoli justified this choice at a press conference, explaining again that some may not have quite the head in Marseille: “We train with a group to try to strengthen emotional situations and see who We can count against ASSE There are a lot of things that generate confusion at the end of the season: players who are going to leave, players who would like to stay but who will leave, players who want to leave but will stay … The most important task for me as a coach is to find the players who are closest to what we are asking for for this game. “
Cuisance, Germain and Khaoui indoors… Rocchia with the young people
In fact, the choices of Sampaoli were translated in a rather brutal way for some players. According to our information, since Wednesday, Cuisance, Khaoui, Germain and Rocchia no longer participate in collective training. The three players generally stay inside the sports building, for weight training, cycling or indoor exercises. Since last week, Christopher Rocchia has returned to train at the training center, with the young people!
The method made some teeth cringe in the locker room. Some do not understand why players who are often exemplary in their frame of mind have suddenly been sidelined. Others wonder who will be dismissed next and whether all of this is really necessary two days from the end. But it is the choice of Sampaoli, who wants to seek Europe in a somewhat smaller committee. Moreover, next season, Sampaoli warned his leaders: he wants a tight group, without any superfluous element, even if a qualification or not in the Europa League will influence the number of players he will have at his disposal.
Caleta-Car disappointed and could be on the bench on Sunday
In short, at the Robert-Louis-Dreyfus center, many agree that it is time for the end of the season to arrive. In the meantime, the players set aside had very few illusions about their future. Cuisance, despite two goals in Sampaoli’s first matches, has never really convinced the Argentine coach. Valère Germain has not played a minute since Sampaoli arrived. And Khaoui wasn’t even in the squad in the last game.
Not all departing players are housed in the same boat. Thauvin and Sakai seem to keep Sampaoli’s confidence. Caleta-Car, whose recent performances have annoyed the staff, could start him on the bench on Sunday. OM will communicate the Olympian group this Saturday, the day before OM-Angers. He should confirm that some Olympians are not popular with Sampaoli.