Double scorer and decisive passer for OM this Friday against Reims (3-1), Dimitri Payet gave satisfaction to his new coach Jorge Sampaoli, who praised his qualities at a press conference. Alvaro Gonzalez, while praising the contribution of his teammate, opted for humor.
In recent weeks, we have found Dimitri Payet. The Reunion, after a mixed start to the season, shines since the arrival of Jorge Sampaoli on the bench of OM, as his team is recovering. His full match in Reims (two goals, one assist), to offer the victory to the Marseillais (3-1) at the opening of the 34th day, is the perfect example. It has in any case earned him the praise of his trainer but also, in his own way, of his teammate Alvaro Gonzalez.
“With his talent, he has a great responsibility”
“We find the Payet that we have already known with this jersey, rejoiced Sampaoli at a press conference. He knows that with his talent, he has a great responsibility. He will have to continue to be in the spotlight. height of what the club needs. He’s getting better and better, he’s happy on the pitch, he’s playing more intensely. “
In recent days, the Argentine had yet put pressure on his player, placing a lot of expectations in him. “He knows that he is far from what is expected of him, he explained on April 2, after three games at the head of the team. He must find a mental and physical form to be of This decisive player again. If we can exploit Dim’s full potential, it is obvious that the team will play better in attack. Because he has enormous talent, and a great vision for the game. “
“As he says himself, today he is thin, before he was fat”
Since then, the Frenchman is up to the task: in seven games under the leadership of Sampaoli, he has scored three goals and sent seven assists. Enough to satisfy his new mentor, who finally seems to have found the balance of his team. “He must take advantage of this moment, that he progresses further with this ability against goal, his assists, encouraged Sampaoli. That’s what this jersey needs.”
Also visiting a press conference after the victory in Reims, the Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez also had, with his characteristic outspokenness, a word for his teammate, man of the match. “As he says himself, today he is thin, before he was fat, laughed the Spaniard. Dimitri is very strong, especially mentally. His career speaks for him. We need him to win matches. “