On the field and outside, Marseille and Monaco are as alike as ever

On the field and outside, Marseille and Monaco are as alike as ever

LEAGUE 1 - OM and ASM, which clash Sunday night (21h), have a different story but they still agree on several points.
Behind the PSG, the Ligue 1 hierarchy is struggling to establish. Several big budgets championship are struggling. This is particularly the case in Marseille and Monaco, two teams in the history avery different mentality who meet on the occasion of the 15th day.nd  With a budget of € 125 M for OM and more than double for ASM (€ 255m), declared these two outsiders of Parisians appear respectively at the 12th and 6th place in the L1. Their poor performance is not the only similarity of two clubs changing.
Leaders who pursue the same financial goal
Marseille and Monaco have the particularity to have two majority shareholders of Russian nationality. And Margarita Louis-Dreyfus management policy at OM and Dmitry Rybolovlev ASM seems to espouse a fairly similar trajectory. Time for payback. This summer, the two clubs have widely tipped transfer of the balance in their favor. Vincent Labrune sold for around € 54M. Its transaction volume has never been more important. This is also the case for Monaco. With total sales estimated at nearly € 170M by the site Transfermarkt, the club from the Principality has been particularly profitable players.
An ideal: the project Porto
In Monaco, the expensive policy practiced during the summer of 2013 has given way to a project based on that of Porto. The purchase of young players with potential resale is the basis of the ASM system. Examples (Anthony Martial, Geoffrey Kondogbia, layvin kurzawa, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco-) abound to illustrate the 180 ° turn taken by the Monegasque team drivée by Vadim Vasilyev, vice president of the club and confidant of Dmitry Rybolovlev .In Marseilles, Labrune Vincent does not hide that he also claims the famous Porto project after trying to follow that of Borussia Dortmund ...
The influence of agents
If OM and ASM experienced a very lively, they owe in large part to the intervention of influential players' agents. In Marseille, Dean Sports is (almost) part of the furniture. Its director, Nelio Lucas, accelerated several transactions during the last transfer window. Very close to Labrune, this trader footballers has allowed express check Rolando OM and departures of ... Giannelli Imbula to Porto and Modou Sougou to Sheffield Wednesday.
Above all, the young entrepreneur avid good moves on the transfer market brought Michel to replace Marcelo Bielsa in Marseille. With the OM coach as Ambassador, Doyen Sports can be better integrated into the Olympian club ... In Monaco, it is also a Portuguese officer who makes the law. Jorge Mendes has got hold of the club from the Principality. It manages all the comings and goings in the workforce of the ASM. Again the coach, Leonardo Jardim, is part of the stable of the tycoon transfers.
A more defensive game philosophy
Transfers, staff management policy, decentralization of sporting power: mimicry between the two clubs is stunning Mediterranean. It goes to the playground. For Marseille and Monaco are suffering the same problems during the first half of the season. Groups with largely reworked, Michel and Jardim are struggling to find the right settings to backfire their team.
In search of points, the Olympians have ended up dropping their game brought the offensive to concentrate on their defensive base. A process that confirms DNA now common with Monaco neighbor. For Jardim also changed his tune. By adapting to changing face of his team, he has revised its downward gaming ambitions to try to collect the maximum points possible.
The (s) Player (s) before the team
Committed to a policy of valuing players as possible to sell them soon after purchase, Marseille and Monaco come to forget the principal. The end result should take precedence over individual performance. Today is just the opposite occurs in both teams. Marseille and Monaco mostly rely on income they will get their next sale to balance their accounts.

On the field and outside, Marseille and Monaco are as alike as ever

This season, the two clubs could not rely on the lucrative Champions League to irrigate their finances. Next summer, we might witness a new exodus of the highest valuations of OM players (Batshuayi, Mendy) and ASM (Bernardo Silva, Fabinho, Lopes, Moutinho) if the C1 is yet the two clubs program ...
A parallel destiny
Far behind an ultra-dominating PSG, Marseille and Monaco took identical paths to try to continue to exist at European level. Their strategy automatically involves high exposure of their players, notably via the Champions League.The Sunday night meeting between two rivals for the podium promises to be very important. The fact remains that the leaders of both clubs have normalized their relationship. After an ice age where OM had craw tax except for Monegasques, tensions are fallout. And trade of football has resumed. € 7.5M for the transfer of Lucas Ocampos from Monaco to Marseille last summer is the best example ...