Jorge Sampaoli admitted having made a bad tactical choice by aligning Florian Thauvin for the left piston post at the start of OM’s match against Lorient this Saturday. Repositioned on the right side, the Frenchman finally helped Pol Lirola to snatch the 3-2 victory.
Jorge Sampaoli wanted to innovate this Saturday when building his starting XI against Lorient. Florian Thauvin thus took place in the left lane, opposite to his usual preferential side. An error readily admitted the Marseille coach after the Marseille victory against the Merlus (3-2) and the repositioning of the world champion after the break and the superb double from Pol Lirola.
“Pol had a great match, he created a lot in attack, he adapts well to the offensive system that we put in place. He is a player who combines a lot with Thauvin, estimated Jorge Sampaoli during his visit. at a press conference. Good in the first half, Florian was rather on the left, which was a mistake on my part in terms of his positioning. And suddenly Pol found himself without a connection. In the second half, Pol Lirola took advantage the momentum of the team and brought. “
Sampaoli: “I was wrong about this decision”
Fairly transparent during the first half of the match, Florian Thauvin slowly gained momentum and even delivered an assist on the first of his Spanish teammate’s two goals. Jorge Sampaoli then justified his tactical choices and was delighted to see the Frenchman having been able to shine by finding the right lane.
“I was wrong about this decision (to play Thauvin left piston, editor’s note). The starting plan was to seek depth with Pol on one side and Florian on the other, analyzed the Argentinian technician again. The choice of the system in this match is my entire responsibility for this error in the first half. We tried to correct that in the second half and the change was favorable but we could have had more chances and options early in the game. “
Thauvin not at ease on the left
A little over a month after his arrival in Marseille, Jorge Sampaoli is still fumbling in his tactical organization. Also questioned on his positioning after the victory against Lorient, Florian Thauvin also confided some difficulties in adapting to this choice of the coach.
“It’s a system that we put in place not very long ago, there are a lot of players who do not play at their post, pointed out the Frenchman at the microphone of Canal +. it’s complicated to take your bearings, but when you take the three points, it’s nice and you can work.
And Florian Thauvin concludes visibly happy with the success against the Hake: Today, the good Lord saved us but we will not have to play too much. “
Of course, Jorge Sampaoli was wrong in his tactics at the start of the match, but his ability to adapt also allowed OM to achieve major success in the race for Europe. Sixth, Marseille is provisionally tied with Lens before the move of the Northerners this Sunday in Brest.