Ligue 1 – OM: Steve Mandanda surprised to be on the bench against Monaco


It is not only in Paris that the competition of the guards is raging. In Marseille too. While Mauricio Pochettino has not yet decided who of Keylor Navas and Gianluigi Donnarumma will be his number 1 for this season, Jorge Sampaoli, more than 770 kilometers away, he deliberately assumes not to make a choice. On Saturday, for example, the OM coach did not hesitate to relegate Steve Mandanda to the bench, to establish Pau Lopez in his post.

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For his part, the French international would not have really appreciated this choice. According to L’Equipe, Sampaoli would have warned him a few hours before kick-off. All during a rather short interview. Surprised, Mandanda thought he had silenced the debates after his good start to the season. Missed. His coach has always called for a rotation of goalkeepers, hence Lopez’s arrival this summer. He also wants a goalie who participates in the game and can come out cleanly on his first raise.

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« Regarding the competition with Steve Mandanda, we will see precisely in this competition who is the best. We think that the competition will raise the level of the two goalkeepers and when we have competition of this level, two good goalkeepers, we will surely have a good goalkeeper in the goals of Olympique de Marseille this season « , explained Jorge Samapoli at the beginning of August. It remains to choose which one.

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