His communication before Clasico had not convinced everyone. The rousing inflicted by Paris only reinforced the feeling that Andre Villas-Boas had played "little arm" – like his team – at the Parc des Princes. Ditto a few days more in cup of the League against Monaco. Two disturbing defeats that added a little more pressure around the explosive reception of Lyon, Sunday night. This time, like his team, the Portuguese did not disappoint.
Do not raise short
Expected at the turn, Villas-Boas has made the "AVB": try everything to push back the block in priority rather than seeking to build at all costs, as some do like some technicians League 1. This was particularly seen in the recovery phases where his flock have almost never played short, constantly seeking verticality to project quickly forward and keep "intensity". A buzzword in the world of football. "With the uncertainty of the Lyon system, we focused on ourselves and not on the adversaryexplained the Marseille coach after the match. The native of Porto also managed perfectly the expulsion of Alvaro by repositioning Payet in tip, thus maintaining more control during the offensive phases. All the opposite of Rudi Garcia, who has "paid the luxury" to leave Jeff Queen-Adelaide, his most dangerous player, at half-time.
"AVB", pillar in the rebirth of Amavi
But beyond the purely tactical aspect, the Portuguese seems to have found the right formula to give confidence to his troops. You only have to see Jordan Amavi, getting better and better with each match, while his performances have been chaotic for several weeks. "The coach had excellent management with me, he spoke to me a lot, supported", explained the main interested in mixed zone, words that are added to those held 48 hours before the meeting by a certain Dimitri Payet, author of an XXL performance against Lyon.The current coach speaks with his heart, says things, does not try to make the language of wood, even on sensitive topics. That's the difference with the old", said the former Olympian captain, who has gone from words to deeds, like" AVB ", who takes his ideas to the end without denying his ability to adapt, something his predecessor OM bench failed to do.