In an interview for RMC Sport on Thursday, Georginio Wijnaldum addressed the rivalry between PSG and OM. The new Parisian player explained to have been shortened by the ex-Olympian Kevin Strootman, whom he rubbed shoulders with in the national team.
At the end of a five-year adventure with Liverpool, Georginio Wijnaldum made a free entry with PSG this summer. The Dutch international will discover Ligue 1 at 30, after having conquered the Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League 2020 with the Reds.
Who says new championship, necessarily also says new context. But Georginio Wijnaldum has already been made aware of the rivalry between PSG and OM, through a certain Kevin Strootman, loaned this season to Cagliari by the Marseille club. The two men have shared the Dutch national team’s jersey on numerous occasions, although Strootman has not been selected for the Euro.
“He told me it was the biggest derby in France, yes. He told me about the approach of the match, the importance for the fans of both camps even if he spoke to me above all of those of Marseille because he played there, of the enormous importance for them to win this match, explained Wijnaldum in an interview for RMC Sport. It reminds me of my matches with Liverpool against Everton or Manchester United, and even against Manchester City these last two years. It also reminds me of Ajax-Feyenoord in the Netherlands or Newcastle-Sunderland, which is a very big English derby. “
Captain of the Dutch team during the last Euro in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum arrives to bring his experience to the middle. With Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Achraf Hakimi, the player trained in Feyenoord is part of an ambitious summer recruitment of PSG, which will necessarily aim for the Champions League but also the reconquest of his title in Ligue 1. Last year, the PSG fell in the first leg against OM.
“I see how important these matches are for the fans and I can’t wait to see that here. They are the best matches to play in a season because they are the ones that mean the most to the fans,” Wijnaldum said of the match. rivalry between OM and PSG. In these matches, whether at home or away, the atmosphere in the stadium is incredible. I have heard about this rivalry but I have to see it with my own eyes and feel that atmosphere myself so I can talk about it better. “