According to Eric Di Meco, PSG defender Sergio Ramos is drawing to a close, even if he manages to chain matches this season. “Seeing him like this is a pain,” he explains particularly of his match against Lens.
“We all have a bonus in our career and we also have the twilight, a more or less brilliant, more or less visible career end. I was one of those who was excited to see Sergio Ramos arrive at PSG.” RMC lights up on Rothen’s microphone, Eric Di Meco expresses his disappointment with Sergio Ramos’ season at PSG.
“I thought this boy could be the missing link in his experience, his grit, his victories, believes the former Marseille defender. This boy has won everything. (…) I thought his injuries from Real would have been resolved, that he could have played regularly, the big problem is that when I see him suffer as he suffers on the pitch, that is, in defensive gestures where he excelled, in returning, in anticipating… The match against Lens, looking at it like this, it’s a pain.”
“When you’re behind you start to have the wings touching the track, it shows”
“It doesn’t take anything away from this player who is immense, who will certainly remain one of the greatest defenders in history, temper. But we all have an end. When behind you start to have the wings touching the track, it shows. It shows a lot, you have difficulty accelerating, the guy drives you ten feet, you have difficulty turning around.We’ve all experienced it.
According to Di Meco, not even the choice to deploy him permanently in a back four helps him. “It’s terrible. It’s the image I have of this start to the season where he plays a lot, where we also put him in a system at the start with three defenders,” he observes. In a back four, I think it’s almost suicide. You always have to take odds with these guys because they are able to sublimate themselves in big matches, but on one hit.”
“Can you bet on him in the future to get a major title? I have a big doubt”
“When I see him in difficulty as he is, with what he has done in his career and the player he is, it pains me and we feel that he is at the end – concludes Di Meco – It doesn’t take anything away from his career. He could still play some good games by the end of the season, but can you bet on him in the future to get a big title? I have a big doubt. That’s not what I’ve seen of him lately.
An opinion that Jérôme Rothen does not share. “We are also obliged to note that he is a monster, assures the consultant. He is one of the extraordinary players because his career speaks for him from that side. This guy has won everything. When you win so many things in a career it is that you have something more than the others so it’s like this, maybe it’s the right canvas. He was formed like this, he was created like this”.
For Rothen, he suffers from a ‘completely unbalanced midfield’
“Today Sergio Ramos has shown that he is once again a top-level professional player, he adds, especially in regards to his playing time. He continues, he has played 21 games out of 23-24 for PSG since the start of the season in all competitions “He’s played all the Champions League matches, from the first minute to the last minute. The league matches are the same except for two: one when he’s suspended and one to breathe.”
“Does PSG suffer because Ramos is behind it or does Ramos suffer because there is a completely unbalanced midfield and a team base that doesn’t have enough control when the level rises, like the match against Lens?” wonders Rothen, second which his team’s woes are next level.
“Play in central defence. When you play two backs, (..) we feel that central defenders feel much more comfortable when there is a midfielder who is in control of the game”, estimates Rothen, who assures that the player ” is not burned”. “This year we didn’t expect him to play so much, he concludes. (…) If Kimpembe is not injured, if they manage to recruit Skriniar at the beginning of the year, Ramos can go in the hierarchy number 3 or number 4 “.