Jorge Sampaoli (OM) after elimination against Feyenoord: “Payet’s exit changed the game”

“How do you analyze this meeting?
I believe that at the start, the match was favorable to us until Payet’s injury, then there were ten more confusing minutes. We looked for another way of doing things, another composition through the sides. On a had density in attack. I think we lacked precision in the area, we didn’t know how to win. I want to emphasize that the team did everything they could. She did not reach the goal, but we did not give up, even if there were moments of inaccuracy.

“We don’t know the severity of the injury. The doctors will see tomorrow”

Jorge Sampaoli on Dimitri Payet

What is Payet suffering from? Is your team used?
We do not know the severity of the injury. The doctors will see tomorrow (friday). Regarding the wear of this intense, demanding match, we will see that on Sunday. I have the impression that the team ended this match angry because despite what they sought, they did not succeed. We have to turn the page, win on Sunday. Recover, see the fittest players against Lorient and start thinking about our other goal.

How do you judge the collective performance of your team?
They tried I believe. There was a very high performance from some players, for others it was harder. But honestly Payet’s exit changed the game a lot. The game plan was different. Without him, this plan had to be changed. Pope (Gueye) had to go out after a first half where he controlled his zone well. We modified the plan and we had to find an alternative with offsets and two points. I give a lot of importance to trying and I believe they tried.

Cédric Bakambu was again disappointing when he entered. How do you judge it?
Cédric is a player with great experience, he has shown a lot in his career. He arrives in a new team, a different formula, without playing for a long time. He distributed things and tonight he tried. »


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