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Marseille: Villas-Boas wants to combine its "radical philosophy" and French football culture


Marseille – André Villas-Boas, the new coach of Olympique Marseille, wants to impose his "radical philosophy" of the game while respecting "the culture of French football," he said Wednesday at its first conference of press at the Commanderie.

"My philosophy is to be radical, but it is necessary to find a balance (…), to be based on this culture of the French football which starts from the technical excellence with velocity and the creativity", explained the Portuguese, in a sometimes hesitant French, by revealing his methods of work to raise"the big challenge"OM,"to reach these first three places in Ligue 1"Qualifiers for the Champions League.

"There will be victories, there will be failures, we will suffer to get to that place, but we have the capacity to do it.", he insisted, surrounded by Jacques-Henri Eyraud, the president of the club, and Andoni Zubizarreta, the sports director:"I would give my life to make OM arrive at its best. These are the résuiltats who will speak, but I am confident, this team is capable".

Not hiding his will to "control everything" and to be "a little obsessed with the organization", for "bring change, freshness"However, André Villas-Boas did not reveal anything about the changes he would like to make to the OM squad after this 5th place in Ligue 1, which deprived the club of any European competition next season.

"The players are good, the team is good, this group needs change but not too much. There are two or three positions where you want to shop", only released the youngest European Cup winning coach, the Europa League, with Porto in 2011, at 33 years old.

"On the workforce, we must analyze what we have, with the problem of financial fair play", continued the former coach of Tottenham, Chelsea or Zenit St Petersburg, hoping to find"pearls"as OM had done with Mathieu Valbuena or Franck Ribery.


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