Guest of Rothen Régale, this Friday on RMC, PSG midfielder Marco Verratti took the opportunity to respond to the various and recurring criticisms concerning him.
Some adore him, others dwell on his weak points, but one thing is certain: Marco Verratti leaves no one indifferent. Exceptional guest of Rothen Régale this Friday on RMC, the Italian midfielder of PSG was questioned about the frequent criticisms aimed at him.
The first concerns its ability, or inability, to repeat efforts in midfield. Particularly in a pattern with a middle two in front of the defense. “There will always be people who doubt, he laughs. There are people who doubt Cristiano Ronaldo, who say it’s his fault that Juventus left, there are also people who doubt Messi. I am nothing compared to them. I am very well in the middle, two or three. If I have to make even more efforts in two, I will do them, but it is not at the people that I have to show that, it is to the coach. (…) I am able to run, and I like a lot to defend, I am the first to do it, it is necessary in a team where you have Neymar or Mbappé. You can’t ask Neymar to always fall back and do 12km per game, that’s why other players have to run.In football today, when you’re in the middle, you have to run. “
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And if in addition the environment can be decisive, it is even better. However, with 57 assists (and 9 small goals) in 338 appearances in the Paris jersey, Verratti has room for improvement in terms of statistics.
“Passing is a statistic that I have to do more on, yes, he admits. With the current system I’m a little closer to the attackers, it’s a little easier to make the last pass. as a runner-up, I could make a nice pass to Neymar for example, but Ney then passed the ball back to Kylian, so it was only the penultimate pass. With my new role, these statistics have to be improved. “
Finally, Marco Verratti broached the subject of injuries, which are quite common at home. And therefore implicitly responded to remarks on his lifestyle. “I have only had one muscle injury this season, he defends himself. The others are blows, like that of Payet.” And to make a revelation on this subject: “I had to make three infiltrations to play against Barça (in the first leg), I killed myself to play this match. I also took a blow in training with Marquinhos, I couldn’t walk anymore. These are things that happen. Football today, with the busy schedule, if you’re away for a month you’re going to miss 10 games. Me, I still want to be on the pitch , I feel good physically, and with the coach we do specific work for that. “