While most of Ligue 1 is bleeding under the weight of financial mismanagement and has been laying off players, Marseille has been beefing up its roster by bringing in new talent. The leadership and appointment of Jorge Sampaoli in February have undoubtedly sparked a revolution at the Stade Velodrome.
After months of adversity and criticism, and finishing fifth in the league last season, the nine-time top flight winners are attempting a new wave to meet their standards. Marseille seem to have discovered a promising new chapter, after experiencing the ferocity of the ultras and the disappointment of fans around the world.
From players returning from their loan spells to acquiring new talent, Jorge Sampaoli has a solid group under his belt to work with. With much of the French clubs collapsing and ineffective in the transfer window, Marseille are aiming to challenge the wave.
MAKING WAVES IN THE TRANSFER WINDOW
Although the DNGC, Ligue 1’s financial regulator, has warned Marseille to be careful about overspending both on transfers and on their salaries, they have been quite meticulous and smart in the ongoing transfer market. Allowing a handful of players to leave has set the wheels in motion for Marseille to have the opportunity to bring in new talent who can help the club organize a brilliant season ahead.
They even let their star Florian Thauvin walk, and the former Newcastle winger made his way to Tigres in Mexico. In addition, Kevin Strootman and his high salary have been lent to Cagliari. While earning a lot Valere Germain was released.
Marseille acquired Brazilian midfielder Gerson from Flamengo for a penny estimated to be around 25 million euros. The loan of Leonardo Balerdi from Dortmund, the Argentine central defender, became permanent, while the promising American winger Konrad de la Fuente was acquired from Barcelona.
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Marseille also seemed to impress on the loan market, bringing in Cengiz Under and Pau López from Roma and Matteo Guendouzi from Arsenal on loan. Guendouzi is also being accompanied by his Arsenal teammate, William Saliba at the Stade Velodrome, as an agreement was signed by the defender on Thursday.
Welcome to Marseille, @MatteoGuendouzi. Let’s do some work 👊
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However, the club is obliged to sell out to multiple players at some point. Arkadiusz Milik and Boubacar Kamara, two players of promising quality, are expected to leave this summer. Both players have been on the radar of the major clubs and are likely to make a substantial amount of money after their departure.
This is nothing like Marseille in recent seasons, when they have continually struggled with ineffective additions to their squad in previous transfer windows.
RISING FROM THE FALLS
Marseille ultras have remained constantly enraged by what they see as President Jacques-Henri Eyraud’s efforts to rebuild the club, including cutting off long-serving staff members and claiming that staff members should not be supporters. because they are too influenced by poor results.
And the rage of these ultras quickly turned into violent demonstrations in late January. The club’s training grounds were invaded by almost 100 ultras. They broke down doors and launched dozens of fireworks, firecrackers and smoke bombs, lighting fires, damaging property and lighting trees. Police made 25 arrests and Marseille’s home game against Rennes was also postponed.
The French league postponed Marseille’s home game against Rennes just three hours before Saturday’s kickoff after angry Marseille fans marched to the club’s training complex to protest poor results. pic.twitter.com/BlIDdVANX7
– Daily football (@footballdaily) January 30, 2021
This is the most recent and significant illustration of the increase in vandalism in French football. In recent times, the ultras of Marseille have regularly wreaked havoc. Management was the main focus of this new escalation, with fans enraged by how they have altered the club, particularly internally.
A climactic turn came after one of the club’s darkest days in its long and rich history. Following the signing of Olivier Ntcham, the club’s new coach, Andre Villas-Boas, resigned immediately. “It was specifically a player that I said no to,” explained Villas-Boas.
Andre Villas-Boas has offered his resignation as coach of Marseille pic.twitter.com/s0hFPlmbV6
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While pushing for his dismissal, if hiring agreements were so flagrantly violated, the Marseille administration has naively contributed to the departure of perhaps its most valuable asset, a manager who accomplished a lot in a short span of time.
After the resignation of the Portuguese, Jorge Sampaoli assumed the direction. Marseille gained enough momentum with Sampaoli towards the end of last season to hint that they may be optimistic about the upcoming campaign. From the board to the players, the academy and the fans, the goal is to establish total harmony and create a winning atmosphere at The Stade Velodrome.