Mathieu Valbuena was not kind with the performance of OM defender Alvaro Gonzalez this Monday on RMC, in Top of the foot. The former Marseillais told of a clash with the Spaniard on the sidelines of a Champions League match.
OM lost (0-1) Sunday in Saint-Etienne and lost again precious points in the race for Europe in Ligue 1. Already hung (1-1) at the Vélodrome by Strasbourg during the day previous, the Marseillais were not sharp enough to Geoffroy-Guichard, which had the gift of annoying Alvaro Gonzalez. “I believe that the team did not understand the importance of this kind of match to be European next year”, railed the Spanish defender, however far from being irreproachable this season, at the microphone of Canal +.
Valbuena: “He came to see me, almost insulting me”
“He knows very well that he has not been good for a while, said Mathieu Valbuena in Top of the foot, this Monday on RMC, recounting in particular a clash with him at the Velodrome this season in the Champions League. He is in a collective, the Olympique de Marseille, which is having a very difficult season. What do you want him to say? He is obliged to make remarks like that. He is not exempt from all reproach . I haven’t carried it in my heart since we played the return match in Marseille (Valbuena was forfeited but present at the stadium, editor’s note). I’ll give you this example. When we played the return match in Marseille, he had come to see me, almost insulting me. He talks a lot, he should focus more on football. “
On the field, precisely, Alvaro Gonzalez came close to expulsion at the end of the match, against Saint-Etienne, after having stopped in extremis, and especially irregularly, Denis Bouanga, who was going alone to goal. The Spanish defender received a simple yellow card for this intervention, despite the intervention of video refereeing. Olympique de Marseille remains fifth in the Ligue 1 standings, remaining under the threat of Lens (6th) who also has 56 points and Rennes (7th) to a length after hanging on Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday evening.