Igor Tudor (OM) before the match against Rennes: “No need to play down the drama”

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Igor Tudor (OM) before the match against Rennes: “No need to play down the drama”

“What state of mind is your group in after the defeat on Tuesday evening, against Frankfurt (0-1)? Did the situation need to be de-dramatized?
There was no particular need to play down. The team is serene, positive, in a good mental and psychological period. Defeats are part of the game, especially in the Champions League. To succeed in taking points in this event, you must always be almost perfect, not miss anything, be a little lucky, not have injury or squad problems – what we experienced in defense…

“I believe in what I do, I apply it in my work and in my personal life”

It’s the highest level, we tried everything, we played well, it wasn’t enough. That doesn’t mean it won’t be enough for the next four C1 matches. I see a motivated and focused group. Rennes is the last game of this tour de force. We want to finish in style and have a good home game to stay where we are, in first place in the standings.

You come from the Italian coaching culture, renowned for its tactical discipline and rigor. What is the share of creativity, freedom, excess of functions that you leave to your players?
I’m not Italian, I’m Croatian! Putting Italian football, Spanish football, French football in boxes… that doesn’t exist. Italian trainers practice the catenaccio, others attack thoroughly. In 2022, we can talk about the specific game of a coach, and not about the cultural style of a country. The quality of a coach is to understand what he can transmit from his football to the players he has in his possession. Regarding the part of freedom, it is a mix between structure and freedom. Structure should never be missing. In attack, there is necessarily more freedom, and in defense, more rigor.

How would you describe your coaching method, in substance and form? What are your inspirations?
It is hard to copy a particular person, we take a little to the right, to the left. During his journey, we pick up the aspects that we like and we adapt all this to his own personality. I am still trying to understand, at 45, who I am and how I work. One thing that characterizes me: I believe in hierarchy, everyone must do their job, as they should, and not that of others… If we respect that, I stay calm, I can be nicer, more good.

When I want to change things because I think they’re not done the right way, it can create tension. If a player has been doing his job in a certain way for years and I explain to him that I don’t agree, it can create difficulties. But I believe in what I do, I apply that in my work and in my personal life.

Gerson’s behavior, when he was replaced against Frankfurt, annoyed many supporters. More generally, how do you find it? Is it 100% invested?
He can and should do better, and I’m sure he will. He’s a good boy with a pure soul, he’s sensitive, he’s a singular character. He played a lot and I will play him again. He is a strong player, important for us.

What do you think of Bamba Dieng? How is he physically and morally after a complicated summer? Are you finally counting on him?
He actually had a complicated summer, that’s the word. He’s a wonderful, kind person, he’s as good as good bread. He trains with us and is now part of the group. »

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