L1 / Clermont – Paris Saint-Germain: Sergio Ramos (PSG), looking for lost time

It’s been there for a year. But Sergio Ramos is like a PSG recruit. Paris have had few opportunities to rely on the Spanish defender since his arrival from Real Madrid last summer. Fears about his fitness have been confirmed, legitimate after his multiple physical problems in his last years in Madrid. Between injuries, convalescence and relapses, the ex-Sevillian only made 13 small appearances for Paris last season. Forget this ordeal and start again with new foundations, this is the challenge that is proposed to him.

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Although caution remains, however, there are positive signs in this regard. Ramos has had a smooth summer so far. He did not suffer the slightest injury. He was able to pick up his pace with ease participating in all of PSG’s friendlies, then in the Trophée des Champions won against Nantes (4-0). “Sergio is fine, he hasn’t missed any training“, his coach Christophe Galtier emphasized in a press conference on Thursday, two days before the resumption of the championship in Clermont where the Spaniard should start.

“Happy, especially because I feel good”

Ramos has worked on it and is reaping the rewards this summer. “The truth is that I am in a good moment, physically, after a good pre-season, a lot of effort and dedication, many hours dedicated to feeling good.PSG TV was delighted. Luckily we started the season winning a title, I was able to show a good level in the game and I was able to score a goal in a final, and that is always very special. So I’m really happy, especially because I feel good physically and I think it’s going to be an exciting season..”

All the more exciting as he will see Ramos evolve in a system he is not used to. Within the defense with three centrals set up by the new Parisian coach, the ex-Madrid player seems to be the coach’s first choice to occupy a right-back position. The player had started his career as a right-back before settling into the axis, which gives him some control over the area he was allocated. The role, however, is more physically demanding than in the center of defense, with more high-intensity runs to compensate for the rising Pistons.

“An advantage of playing with three central players”

But Ramos is ready to take on that role in a scheme he sees the benefits of. Although it will require the improvement of automatisms. “We have been playing with three central players for a long time, either in the previous teams or in the national team, but we adapt to everything.he assured I think it is also an advantage to play with three centre-backs, because it gives us solidity, stability and a very high defensive balance that conveys a lot of security to the attackers, in counter-attacks they can come back a little more slowly.

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Not too much anyway. And if the retreat failed, Ramos would certainly not hesitate to call his troops to order. This is what Galtier also expects from him, whether the Spaniard is operational or not. “He is automatically part of the managers in the dressing room and it happened to me at different clubs to have non-playing managersthe Parisian coach emphasized this Thursday. But I always rely on that profile of players with an extraordinary track record, and what they have to bring in terms of professionalism to each other and what they can bring to me through their experience that I don’t have and didn’t have..”

Guarantor of the new Parisian requirements

Galtier cannot overlook the contribution of a man who has played more than 650 games and won four Champions Leagues, among others, with Real Madrid. Ramos has the profile to become one of the guarantors of this requirement that the new PSG coach and Luis Campos want to see further in the capital. Although the new sporting director probably wants to recruit a very high-level defender who would eventually compete with the ex-Madrid player. Milan Skriniar’s track has a bit of an edge on the wing, but others are under consideration.

Meanwhile, the headliner is called Sergio Ramos and he is already a small miracle in view of his almost white first year in Paris. Despite everything, the Spaniard had shown a good level in his rare appearances. He also performed well during the warm-up matches and the Champions Trophy. At the peak of his fitness, he can still be among the best defenders in the world. This is what he aims to demonstrate at the dawn of this new season. Where staying healthy will be key to allowing him to make up for lost time.

Sergio Ramos (PSG)

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