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  • The centre-back had difficulty imposing himself on PSG’s debut on the tour of Japan. It was one of the first times that he acted in a system of three central

After a delicate season due to injuries, Sergio Ramos seems to have left behind the continuous discomfort he suffered in his first year in Paris. The camero, who has one year left on his contract, wants to show Galtier in the preseason that he can be a fundamental pillar in the new PSG project that he has already launched. The Parisians opened their tour of Japan on Wednesday with an insipid 1-2 victory against Kawasaki Frontale.

However, Ramos still has a long way to go before he catches up with the official rhythm of the competition. Although it is true that the Tokio Stadium had very high humidity and climatic conditions that were not conducive to playing a football match, the defender was one of the players who suffered the most in the first half of PSG. With a Galtier that has implemented a system of three central defenders with lanes, Ashraf and Nuno, who leave the defensive line unprotected due to their desire to go and pressurize the rival field, Ramos suffers there, since he does not have either the speed or the physical of his best years at Real Madrid. The Andalusian defender was unable to beat Kawasaki Frontale winger Marcinho, who had three clear scoring chances after attacking his back at speed .

In fact, Le Parisien, which highlights Galtier ‘s three central defenders, also underlines Ramos’s problems in being able to line up with his teammates: “But although the system needs some tweaking, especially on the wings, where Achraf Hakimi left space for Japanese forwards, or in the center, where Ramos sometimes had problems lining up with his teammates, the system is destined to last over time”.

That PSG are trying to sign Skriniar for a significant sum (offering 50, but the Nerazzurri are asking for 70) can be anticipated as a clear message to Ramos in the starting lineup. Initially, the Parisians, mainly Qatar, wanted to get rid of his services, but the player’s intention to continue and the few injuries he has had since March have made the Qatari leaders change their minds. At the moment, the former Real Madrid player is having difficulty adapting to a system that he barely knows. On Saturday, against Urawa Reds, he will have another chance to win.


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