More composed since the start of the season, Marco Verratti in a three-game streak without a yellow card. Beautiful pedigree he owes, according to him, to Vitina, who arrived at Paris Saint-Germain this summer from Porto, and who, on the contrary, received three yellow cards in the last three matches.
“Vitinha took my place!” After Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-2 win over Montpellier on Saturday, Marco Verratti enjoyed his good run without a yellow card. The success he owes to his fellow midfield: Vitinha. The Portuguese, who arrived from Porto in the transfer window, “perfectly” took over this area.
I played three matches without a yellow card.
“I played three matches without yellow cards, Witten took my place, it’s good!” Marco Verratti launches leaving the mixed zone. A small punch set with a smile reminds that the former Porto is indeed the one who, in the last three matches, has received the famous three yellow cards, one per match. The pace the Italian usually kept last season.
This does not prevent him from praising his new teammate: “He is a very cool player despite his young age. He has a great personality. We are not much different. He throws himself a lot and plays without the ball and creates. Spaces for others. Vitinha has integrated well and will gradually find more standards. He’s also having a very good start to the season.”
“We can only play at 50% of our ability”
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder was satisfied with the match presented by Paris and the collective efforts of the beginners and arrivals: “Everyone has to make an effort, from the goalkeeper to the striker. If we want to be a great team, everyone must make an effort. We can only play at 50% Of our abilities in football today. Renato (Sanchez) came and took the chance, scored, and ran behind the ball. If you want to be a great team, everyone, whether they play or not, the most important thing is the team.”
Paris Saint-Germain is the second most capped player
Matching from the start with Christophe Galtier against Montpellier, Verratti became the second most capped player in PSG history, ahead of Sylvain Armand but still behind Jean-Marc Bellorgier and his 435 games. The 29-year-old midfielder was recruited in 2012 from Italian club Pescara at the time and has now played 249 Ligue 1 matches (7 goals, 38 assists), 28 in the Coupe de France (1 goal, 7 assists). . ), 23 League Cups (3 assists), 9 Champions Cups and 72 Champions Leagues (3 goals, 8 assists) in red and blue, for a total of 381 matches.
When asked about this news in the mixed zone, he commented: “It is a pleasure. It is a great team with a great history and an honor to be a part of it. I will continue to give everything, to win back as many trophies as possible at this club. I hope to stay here. for a long time to come.”