Rudi Garcia will discover the cloakroom allocated to visitors this Sunday evening before and after the clash between OM and Lyon. A return to the Velodrome for the one who spent almost three seasons in the Marseille locker room between October 2016 and June 2019. The new coach of OL will find however the bench and the technical area … of his time Marseille.
Historically, the OM bench has often been to the left of the current tunnel. "It was more convenient because previously the tunnel was located between the Jean-Bouin stand and the Virage Nord, tells Alain Pecheral, living memory of the Olympian history.The Marseillais took the first bench in their path But before, it was a detail."
Garcia wanted to put pressure on the referees
A detail considered important for some coaches. In the recent history of the club Marseille, at least two Marseille technicians had chosen the right bench: Abel Braga and therefore Rudi Garcia. When he arrived at OM, the 55-year-old technician chose to move to the right. "A little by superstition", after complicated seasons, he slipped then.
But also and especially to be closer to the assistant referee! Everything was calculated. Rudi Garcia is known for often putting pressure on the fourth referee or the assistant in charge of the keys and offside. Abel Braga had also made this choice, for the same reason.
Back to the tradition for Villas-Boas
Andre Villas-Boas chose this season to return to the usual Olympian bench, to the left of the tunnel. "All that is folklore, I had kept the left bench and respected the tradition," smiles Elie Baup, who had known the Velodrome under construction.
Rudi Garcia will not be disappointed tonight for his return to the Velodrome, and will be positioned at the same place as during his Marseille seasons. Note that this bench is also the closest to the warmest corner of the Velodrome, the South turn, the Ultras and Winners. Less practical, to disregard the boiling or even hostile atmosphere that awaits Rudi Garcia.