The season started very badly for Olympique de Marseille, who lost their footing at the first pitfall with their elimination in the preliminary round of the Champions League against Panthinaikos. And since then, things have not improved, with a moribund team in the championship, a coach who slams the door, a president who is mistreated and on the verge of leaving, as well as players who clearly lack direction. Many executives have left recently, like Dimitri Payet and Matteo Guendouzi, and this is visible in the performance and behavior of the team. For Bernard Pardo, a surly former OM midfielder, there is a clear lack of men capable of carrying the team mentally. Some try, and others have given up, are not exemplary and above all fail to wake up their teammates. According to Bernard Pardo, these are Chancel Mbemba, Jordan Veretout, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Leonardo Balerdi.
“Players must take the place left by others. There, no one asserts themselves. Rongier in particular is a very good player but he is not the boss. You don’t make you captain just to wear an armband, it’s up to him to put the ship back afloat. Clauss is struggling, Lopez too but some like Mbemba, Balerdi. Aubameyang or Vérétout are not in this perspective, it’s a shame, they must be more present. In my time, I could get through it but there were one, two, three colleagues who pulled us up. There, there is not one who has lifted his head above the water. It’s not a scandal to lose in Paris but not in this way. The OM supporter allows a lot of things to the players but does not give up. I hope they get their act together.”
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