When he arrived at Olympique de Marseille in September 2020, Luis Henrique was only 18 years old, but he was presented as a great investment in the future. Described by Pablo Longoria as a crack in the making, the Brazilian however had rather complicated beginnings. A few weeks after his transfer to France, the former resident of Botafogo was undoubtedly suffocated in front of his television when André Villas-Boas, then coach of OM, had publicly indicated that the Olympian club had made a mistake in recruiting a player who did not have the profile of an attacker capable of helping Marseille.
AVB has since been fired and Jorge Sampaoli replaced him. Which changed everything for Luis Henrique. Returned to the saddle by Nasser Larguet, the Brazilian was able to seduce the fiery Argentinian. Author of four assists in twelve league appearances, the native of João Pessoa delivered three in Sampaoli’s first four matches at the head of OM. Something to give him back a smile. Because the number 11 Olympian confided this afternoon in a press conference that he went through a complicated period on his arrival.
Very hard beginnings
“At the beginning, it was very hard, because I had never lived alone, but thanks to the club, I felt better, I was more peaceful to train with a free spirit. I adapt every day. At first I didn’t have a lot of opportunities, but I trained hard. I knew when the time came, I had to be ready. And that’s what happened. I was able to demonstrate more things. I’m very happy to have more playing time, to be able to help the team ”. Happy, Luis Henrique also took the opportunity to clarify that he never thought of leaving the club, especially in winter.
” Not at all. I left with confidence in my work. I came with courage, but also with the joy of playing for my first European club. I am more and more motivated. As soon as I arrived I was very motivated to win matches. I arrived not too long ago, I never thought of leaving OM so early ». Better in his boots, the Brazilian now thinks only of one thing: working hard to satisfy a coach who gives him a chance and who has especially assigned him a new position (that of left piston in the 3-5 -2).
Comfortable in your new job
“I feel good in my new job. I have a little trouble marking, but it will come. It’s a new position for me, but I hope to improve over time. He is a very good coach, he helps us and encourages us a lot. He has a very tough way of training us, but I really enjoy his job. It’s very hard in intensity, but I really like what he does. It’s a new experience for me. He told me to score more, to put more pressure. I try to improve in this area, especially in my attacking position when I have to do one-on-one. I hope to be better, no matter what position he puts me in ”.
Ready to put on the warm blue and boosted by his recent performances, Luis Henrique also knows what remains to be done to conquer a regular place in the eleven type of Sampaoli. “I have to be more confident in my game. To be better in one-on-one, to be skilful in front of goal. Over time, I will have more confidence. “ This is all the harm we wish him.