It seems that, finally, Sergio Ramos sees the light at the end of the tunnel. He made his PSG debut against St.-Étienne (1-3) after 207 days absent due to injury… and left a good feeling. It was a mirage. The former Real Madrid relapsed and in his reappearance, three weeks later, he was sent off against Lorient (1-1) after having replaced Nuno Mendes at the break. “Today is a new day to learn,” said the 180-time (23 goals) Spanish international.
But nevertheless,his scoring baptism against Stade Reims (4-0)it can mean a ‘turning point’. Sergio Ramos ‘catch’ a ‘dead’ ball in the area and, although Moreto Cassama managed to intercept his first shot, the Sevillian central defender intercepted the goalkeeper’s rebound to make it 2-0 in the 62nd minute.
Fourth oldest to debut as a scorer in Ligue 1
He thus became the fourth oldest player (35 years and 299 days) to score his first goal in ‘Le Championnat’. Only Ricardo Carvalho (37 and 236), Manfred Kaltz (36 and 345) and Oceano (36 and 101) surpass a Ramos who, curiously, adds the same goals as Leo Messi this season in Ligue 1: 1.
The return against Madrid on the ‘horizon’
PSG’s ‘4’ was exultant after the game: “I’m happy to have played the full 90 minutes and to have scored my first goal for PSG. I hope there are many more to come. I have been training normally with the group for three weeks. The most important thing is to pick up the pace again and get back to the day-to-day routine to continue improving physically and give my best version”.
I’m happy to have played the 90 minutes and to have scored my first goal for PSG. I hope many more to come
It has been many days in the ‘dry dock’, but Sergio Ramos celebrates his recovery with a date marked on the horizon: the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Real Madrid. “We are fighting for the League, the Cup and the Champions League. It is the best time to get in shape. I’m very happy because I’ve been off the pitch for a long time.”
We are fighting for the League, the Cup and the Champions League. It’s the best time to get fit
Mauricio Pochettino also celebrated his ‘return’: “He played a good game. It’s always important to score, just like for Verratti. We have three great central defenders who can play together or rotate. Sergio is improving. It is normal for this to happen when a player has continuity in training and can accumulate minutes. It’s definitely gathering momentum.”
Sergio is improving. It is normal for this to happen when a player has continuity in training and can accumulate minutes
The press praises Ramos’ ‘grinta’
The good game and scoring debut of Ramos, who scored 101 goals in 671 games with Real and added three goals in 45 games with Sevilla, has not gone unnoticed by the French press either. ‘L’Équipe’ has awarded him with the second best mark of PSG (6 out of 10) after Marco Verratti (8).
It was only his fifth game this season and his second as a starter in Ligue 1, but he managed to be effective at the back even though his physical deficit is still visible on certain occasions.
“It was only his fifth game this season and his second as a starter in Ligue 1, but he managed to be effective at the back even though his physical deficit is still visible on certain occasions. However, he knew how to prevail thanks to his ‘ginta’ to score his first goal since March 16″, underlines ‘L’Équipe’.
He is still not the intractable player of the great Real, but the Sevillian returns to play at an acceptable level that he did not manage to acquire until a few weeks ago
‘Le Parisien’ also highlighted his fight and spirit of sacrifice: “PSG knows that it can count on Ramos’ ‘grinta’ and experience. In a second half more in line with what is expected of him in Paris, the great Spaniard he scored his first goal. He is still not the intractable player of the great Real, but the Sevillian returns to play at an acceptable level that he did not manage to acquire until a few weeks ago”.