May 22, 2022

OM: Sampaoli’s explanations on the Milik case

Substitute in the last games of Olympique de Marseille, striker Arkadiusz Milik has seen his playing time seriously reduced. Facing the press on Thursday, Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli provided justifications for his choices.

Arkadiusz Milik will have to do more for OM.

Since December, the status of centre-forward Arkadiusz Milik has clearly evolved at Olympique de Marseille. Under the orders of coach Jorge Sampaoli, the Polish international now finds himself considered as a replacement.

In the last 8 games of the Marseille club in Ligue 1, the former Neapolitan has simply played 198 minutes of play, including only 2 starts, and a worrying performance: 0 goals and 0 assists.

Milick? Priority to the collective

In the game, Milik also struggled to find his place in the Marseille collective. Little found by his partners, the 27-year-old striker fails to express his qualities, with in particular few centers in the area to look for him. And precisely, to explain the situation of the 27-year-old striker, Sampaoli put forward the collective argument at a press conference on Thursday. I think all players need the confidence of the team. It’s not just for attackers. We need a good performance from all the players, whether they are 100%, he said.

Especially since the important thing is collective development. I really need everyone for the team. It is really the collective performance that takes precedence, the collective is more important than the personal capacities, which must be at the service of the collective, insisted the Argentine technician. A way to make it clear that the native of Tychy has not yet found the solutions to integrate into the current system.

J. Sampaoli – The best play

With the obligation to obtain results and also satisfied with the contribution of Payet in a role of false number 9, Sampaoli does not intend to grant the slightest right to Milik despite his status as a flagship player. Coaches, we are survivors in this profession, we are always looking to win. Collectively, in our form of play, I tested several players, with a scorer or with Payet, who is a striker for me, he explained.

For Arek, the important thing is that he complements others and that he is able to integrate into the collective. What is always important for me is that OM win. The most important thing is really not the names, whether it’s Milik, Sampaoli or whatever. It is necessary to succeed all together to obtain good results. Currently, the best are playing, a termin Sampaoli. Un message fort envoy Milik.

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