Igor Tudor (OM): “Jonathan (Clauss) must take this as a challenge”

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Igor Tudor (OM): “Jonathan (Clauss) must take this as a challenge”

“How are you managing the preparation of your men for this match in this particular week, with the announcements of the lists for the World Cup? French international sidethere are happy and disappointed…
It’s something great to be able to compete in a World Cup, a special emotion to represent your country. I am very happy for Matteo (Guendouzi) and Jordan (Veretout)very disappointed for Jonathan (Claus). He deserved to be in selection, after a great start to the season, but we must respect the choices of coach Didier Deschamps. I spoke with him, Jonathan must take this as a challenge to prove to the coach that he can do even better.

You never know what may happen in the future. This Thursday, we worked with a high quality hour and a half session, that’s the main thing, we’re working on the details. The players are focused on what’s next, the internationals first. When I congratulated them yesterday (Wednesday) for their summons on the WhatsApp group, they replied to me: “There is the match in Monaco this weekend.” And that’s positive, they think of this meeting before thinking of the World Cup.

Is this Sunday meeting of particular importance in determining the quality of the first part of the season?
I do not necessarily look at the ranking, I take a look at it from time to time. The season is a marathon, and there are still three points, they have a little more importance because we are facing a direct opponent.

“The most important thing is that the team produces beautiful football, which entertains people, gives them emotions”

How do you explain that you were whistled by the Vélodrome on Sunday? Why do you have a divisive image among followers and supporters, in your opinion?
The performance of the team is a bit of a reflection of the coach and his work, the rest is a bit of sterile debate, smoke. I don’t say to myself right away, contrary to what many people will think: “You have to win, have a lot of victories on the clock.” The most important thing is that the team produces beautiful football, which entertains people, gives them emotions. Let them go out saying to themselves: “The team gave everything, wanted to score, it was a good match.”

I don’t think about victories, as a team supporter, I would be disappointed to see my team evolve in a low block and win 1-0 in the snatch. Playing a shitty match and winning is not me, I’m not going to celebrate that. The future of football goes in this direction of entertainment. Afterwards, obviously, for a coach like me, winning is the most important thing, there are not only emotions.

Are you going to take advantage of the long international break, almost six weeks, to cut nervously and think about what’s next? Could you go back to a four-man defense? Add a striker around Sanchez?
After the holidays, we will prepare for a month in total, with a first part here, then ten days of internship in Spain. There will be preparation matches, which will allow you to test new things, check what works, study player profiles… I don’t think I’ll change my system and switch to a four-man defence.

With Jonathan Clauss and Nuno Tavares, who are very good pistons, it is difficult to give up the current system, it would not be wise. Although we play with three centrals, we see a Chancel (Mbemba) which is carried forward, for example, to provide support, ditto with mids and pistons that play high. To evolve more offensively or more defensively is not related to the patterns, but to their application. It is the interpretation of the system that counts, the intentions during the meeting. »

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