Winner of the Champions League in 1993, OM had a certain Jean-Philippe Durand in its ranks…
He was part of the epic of 1993 and this historic consecration of OM in the Champions League. Jean-Philippe Durand, who two years earlier had almost signed for Michel Denisot’s PSG, finally poached by Bernard Tapie, returns for L’Equipe to his Marseille years. The most successful of his career.
« There was both talent and solidarity on the ground which, paradoxically, did not exist outsideblows the former midfielder today. We weren’t friendshe reveals again. But the strength of this team, when the match started, was that we were all together. We had the same goal and we wanted to achieve it. This strength did not come by itself, there was a guy to drive it to you. Today, it is this surplus that Paris lacks to surpass itself. »
“The Biggest Liar on Earth”
The guy in question, of course, is none other than Bernard Tapie. The “boss” as he was then nicknamed. ” His strength was to carefully analyze the behavior of his interlocutors. He was brilliant but fundamentally, he was still the biggest liar on Earthexclaims Jean-Philippe Durand. He understood that I saw his game. He sometimes said ridiculous things to the players to boost them and looked at me smiling. It was funny. »
And to add: In terms of management, character, resources, he was an inexhaustible guy. He had a lot of flaws, but when you put things in perspective, he was a very interesting guy. He could talk to you about anything with such aplomb, even if he didn’t know anything about it, that you had to believe it. You just have to see how the club has progressed with him. Today, this is no longer possible… »