Nice – OM – The revenge of Dimitri Payet, the talent of Alexis Sanchez: “They are two great players”

Igor Tudor had promised it last Sunday, he kept his commitments a week later. In Nice, after three matches started on the bench, Dimitri Payet started with Alexis Sanchez. The doublet, which makes the whole Canebière shiver, had its first minutes together and the demonstration in Nice (0-3) will not calm the Marseille fever. In the first period, the two men walked on the Aiglons.

Payet, on the move, kept asking for balls and if he neither scored nor delivered a decisive pass, he regained all his influence in the game, especially on OM’s second and third goals. of which he originated. He played 67 minutes in control, within a dominating team and of which he was one of the conductors. Radiant, Sanchez, he offered himself a nice double, his first since May 2021, for his second match only in his new colors.

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Sanchez sees double, Nice sees trouble


Alexis Sanchez celebrates a goal in Nice with Mattéo Guendouzi and Jonathan Clauss

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A quarrel with the coach? It was you who talked about that!

After an encouraging debut against Nantes, the Chilean, despite having a position of 9 which is not really his, demonstrates all his commitment to his new project. “Sanchez and Payet? They are two great players. In a strong team, great players make the difference“, declared a delighted Igor Tudor at the microphone of Prime Video after “the best match” of OM under his command. Before specifying in a press conference: “Alexis (Sanchez) has quality. We are happy to have it. But he is not the only one. Payet? he was very good.

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Is this match enough for the Reunionese to find his stripes of indisputable holder? Can Tudor still deprive himself of his playing intelligence? If it is too early to say, the proud Payet savors: “It’s been three weeks that I take my pain in patience that I wanted to play. Today I was given my chance, I wanted to show what I can do and have fun.I was not dead. Once again, choices have been made and they must be respected. I’ve been working and waiting for a month and when you’re put in, you have to be efficient.“As for his tense relationship with his coach, the French international took advantage of the post-match to make things clear to the journalists:”A quarrel with the coach? It was you who talked about that! There were just the coach’s choices that must be respected, that’s all. No Payet/Tudor confusion.

This Sunday, he never seemed to want to make Tudor pay for his initial choices but no doubt he wanted to prove him wrong. Basically, it doesn’t matter. This start to the season sounds above all like an almost ideal start. OM had not scored as many goals (10) in the first four league matches for 13 years and Tudor signed the second best start for a Marseille coach in 40 years. He finally did well to keep his promise.

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Dimitri Payet and Nicolas Pepe holders for the clash Nice – Marseille


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