OM must “progress on details or remain mediocre”, warns Gattuso
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OM must “progress on details or remain mediocre”, warns Gattuso

OM coach Gennaro Gattuso listed the team’s areas of progress this Wednesday on the eve of the reception (Thursday at 18:45) of AEK Athens in the Europa League. The Italian technician knows that, this duel against the Greeks and the hope of qualification will depend on details, the little extra that makes the difference.

Held at bay by Ajax and Brighton in the first two days, Marseille host AEK Athens this Thursday (18:45) at the Vélodrome, for their third game of the season in the Europa League. A meeting that is already crucial for Gennaro Gattuso’s Phocaeans if they want to stay in the fight for qualification. Before thinking about the future, the Olympic coach is solely focused on this duel against the Greeks and what his players need to correct in order to win.

“We will concentrate on Thursday’s game, the goal is to win the three points and then we will think about the rest. We will concentrate on how to win this game against AEK. We must do a good game”, assured the Italian the coach this Wednesday to the press. “Honestly, I’m happy with what I’m seeing. Of course it’s never good when you lose, but I think we’re on the right track.”

>> Relive Gattuso’s conference before OM-AEK

Gattuso: “We lack details”

Keen to improve things since taking over at Marseille, Gennaro Gattuso wants to see his players correct all these small elements that may seem trivial.

“We lack details,” said the former Italy midfielder. “I’ll tell you what I mean by that. I try to emphasize to the players the importance of details, such as putting your socks on before going in, already having your jersey on your back, being ready before the return, talking and helping each other on the pitch between teammates. We mustn’t think that when we lose, it’s because we’re unlucky.”

And Gennaro Gattuso added: “We really have to work on this, that the players are always at 1000% at 1000 per hour. If we continue on this pitch, we will be able to get results and be happy with certain things. It’s a lively team , who don’t like to lose. I see the players get angry and have rage in their eyes because they don’t accept defeat. But we have to improve these details or we risk losing. Being mediocre is not the goal Thursday will be the fundamental […] We have to be aware of set pieces and their ability to attack from deep.”

Gattuso insists on role of managers who ‘need to talk more’

After recalling the importance of taking three points against AEK this Thursday, Gennaro Gattuso added the importance of details. An aspect he did not expect to have so much work on when he arrived at OM. The Italian particularly stressed the importance of managers to help this young team and this relatively inexperienced group at continental level.

“I don’t want people to say it’s bad luck or bad luck, because that will be an endless alibi. We have to improve tactically and technically. I have to insist before the games on the details by, for example, asking everyone if the jerseys are well fitted. That’s why I say it’s my fault, because it’s something I maybe underestimated at the beginning,” continued the man who won the Champions League twice as a player.

“The players who are a little more experienced, the managers must speak more, give indications and speak during the actions so that everyone participates. This is how we can improve. We are not born leaders, but we become thanks to the people around us. We can get there ourselves if sometimes we still have shortcomings, we may lack a little mischief. But with work, if we all put our minds to it, if we can lose our bad habits, we can change this mentality and improve.”

Jean-Guy Lebreton with Florent Germain

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