om | Video OM-Lille: “Payet will start the next match against Frankfurt”, announces Tudor

By A.Jac. (FU videos)

Igor Tudor was at a press conference after OM’s victory against Lille (2-1).

It was a trick encounter. This victory is important…
Igor Tudor: Lille was a direct opponent at the top of the classification. Losc was champion two years ago, there are good players, a good coach. But it’s a deserved success, we were better than them and I want to congratulate my players. We managed to push more than them when they had had a week to prepare.

You corrected your starting composition by bringing out Leonardo Balerdi in the 28th minute. What happened ?
I must have done something that I don’t like to do… I don’t like to take a player out like that. It was not because he played badly that I replaced him, but because I thought the referee had a bit of an easy card. I didn’t want him to risk taking another one. I didn’t like the fact that he was whistled, it’s not nice to whistle your own players. Especially since he’s a good guy and a good player, he always gives the maximum.

Balerdi had been good in the axis since the start of the season. Samuel Gigot, he had been on the left. Why did you change them at kick-off?
Both prefer to play in the axis generally. I thought Leo, who was fresher, would be better in that position.

Why did you prefer to bring in Gerson and not Dimitri Payet at the end of the match?
This is the joker question on Payet, like at every conference… Whether we win or lose, it’s always the same. It gets a bit repetitive (smile). I congratulate those who played. Dimitri, I see him in a good moment. He feels good, like Gerson and the whole team. There are a lot of matches, everyone is important, especially when you play every three days. I spoke with him, I explained my plan to him, he agreed with me: he will start the next Champions League match (against Frankfurt, Tuesday). He is a strong player, he feels good, he is positive in training.

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