Dimitri Payet did not play a single second of play on Saturday against Lille (2-1). His trainer Igor Tudor offered him a plan which he accepted.
Things have changed a lot this summer for Dimitri Payet. A basic and trusted man of Jorge Sampaoli last season, the tricolor international saw his situation evolve when Igor Tudor succeeded the resigning Argentine on the bench of theOlympic Marseille. Since the Croatian tactician took over the reins, the former Stéphanois has played much less with only 186 minutes of actual play in Ligue 1 since the start of the season. However, Igor Tudor is still counting on him and confirmed it to him in the form of a promise.
It was the coach himself who confirmed it on Saturday evening at a press conference, just after the stunning success for OM against LOSC (2-1, 7th day). ” I spoke to him yesterday (Friday). I explained my plan to him and he accepted it. I told him that he would play one game and not two, and therefore that he would start in the Champions League. “No Lille for Payet who did not even enter during the meeting, but a guaranteed presence in the eleven which will start on Tuesday against Eintracht Frankfurt, during the second day of the group stage of C1.
Igor Tudor has also shown his full confidence in a Dimitri Payet he expects at his best against the Germans. ” I am sure he will be good because he is an excellent player. He has a positive attitude in training. “The man of thirty-five years will therefore have a chance to shine. It’s up to him to seize it to try to gain a little more playing time in the future.