It's an almost beastly cry thrown towards the north corner of a Velodrome stage filled like never before. Behind the goal Lyon, Dimitri Payet harangues his supporters, bangs his chest and points index the lawn. Almost in a trance, the attacking midfielder celebrates his double. And his revenge on his former coach Rudi Garcia, whose recovery of the Rhone has been widely discussed before this OM-OL.
In the game of small statements to raise the pressure before the Olympico, Payet has more than done its part. Friday, he did not hesitate to target his ex-technician, came to lean at the bedside of Lyon five months after leaving a city that no longer wanted him.
"It's a match that makes you want to do well"
"Our reports have deteriorated," he told a news conference. I do not forget it either. There were some rather hot moments, a communication that did not pass anymore, headaches. I have my character too. We did not leave each other in good terms we will say … "
Dimitri Payet lit, but Dimitri Payet assumed. On his left wing, the Reunionnais did almost everything, just like his second goal, scored twenty minutes after his penalty (1-0, 18th). An angry tackle, a change of wing towards Lopez, a ball found in the axis, a small dribble and a shot from the right (2-0, 39th). One night, we saw the West Ham player who had impressed the Premier League.
"It's a match that makes you want to do well," he told the microphone of Canal + at the break. I've done a lot of work in the last few weeks. The context and the fervor in the stadium give us wings. "
The context, Rudi Garcia found himself right in the middle. Consumed during his last months in Marseille, the technician was able to see that his odds of love had not risen in recent weeks in Marseille. A few hours before the kickoff, his name had already been whistled and insulted along the Avenue du Prado, brought up by a procession of 6000 Marseillais late afternoon.
"It became our target. His final Europa League in 2018, we have forgotten, "swears Pascal, 53, subscriber from the Isere. "The guy played the OM lovers with big statements about our fervor and goes whistling in front, abound Benjamin and Robin, crossed in front of the Vélodrome. This is not treason, as for Valbuena (passed by OL from 2015 to 2017 after eight years at OM between 2006 and 2016), but it is a disappointment. "
He refuses to comment on Payet's performance
The difference was seen at the stadium. Where the offensive midfielder was welcomed on his return in September 2015 with a puppet with his effigy hanging in the stands, the atmosphere was less nauseating this time, even if Marseille fans have stuck the bus Rhone, as last May .
At the Vélodrome, a huge bronca hosted the announcement of the name of Rudi Garcia by the speaker, just like each of his appearances on the giant screen, and insults were regularly heard. As a precaution, OM had a row of stewards behind its sideline. Where he could witness very closely the revenge of his former captain and the defeat of his team (2-1), the first OL against Marseille in the league for five years.
"I'm only talking about my players," he said in a press conference, questioned about the doubling of Dimitri Payet. Congratulations to OM, they won. If we lost, that's largely our fault. "