Ramos in search of stability at the end of the season
Everything but not indifference. On January 15, the star rookie finally played, between injuries, his first home game, only the fourth of his Parisian adventure, against Brest (2-0 victory).
Replacing Angel Di Maria in the 72nd minute, he is acclaimed with each ball he touches by the Parc des Princes, for free, for love, without however producing anything extraordinary.
Last Sunday, for his sixth match in this jersey, against Lorient (5-1), he was booed as soon as he entered in place of Marquinhos (72nd).
However, he is not responsible for the rout in Madrid, where PSG was swept away by Real (3-1) in the Champions League (1-0 in the first leg). He was in the stands, in the stadium of his former club.
These two snapshots sum up the curious season of the four-time Champions League winner.
His calf never left him alone, to the point, at 36, of casting a shadow over the rest of his career. And to wonder if his recruitment was not a colossal failure.
But here it is again, at the foot of the Auvergne volcanoes.
Establishing Ramos, « I’m thinking about it », slips Mauricio Pochettino, « I have a few hours left to think about it, but he could play tomorrow ».
Marquinhos suffers « from a little muscular discomfort, specifies the Parisian coach, he will not be in the group for Clermont, we have decided to give him a rest, after the week he spent at family level with the birth of his son « .
« Pocket » had to answer questions about Ramos’ state of health all season, ensuring that « his state of mind remains impeccable ».
« It’s clear that for a player like Sergio Ramos, a world champion, with his level and his record, it’s difficult to accept not being able to play, » he admitted at the end of November. « But he has great strength, he works very hard. »
It would be the third time this season that the technical and medical staff have tried to field the 2010 world champion two games in a row.
Arrived injured, he had made a first appearance on the bench at Manchester City (2-1 defeat), without entering. He did not play a minute in the Champions League, he who came more for the C1 than for the L1 and the Eiffel Tower.
One goal, one red in six matches
Four days later, on November 28, he played his first match for PSG, a victory at Saint-Étienne (3-1) where he overpowered his opponents.
After a small muscular relapse, he had played a second easy match in the 32nd final of the Coupe de France, against the amateurs of the Entente Feignies-Aulnoye (3-0).
And in the process, for his third match, he had been excluded for two yellows in five minutes, in Lorient (1-1), for a sole on Enzo Le Fée (81st) then an obstruction on Terem Moffi (86th). He had replaced Mendes at half-time and had only been on the pitch for 40 minutes.
Present after the break, the Spaniard is therefore playing his fourth match against Brest, the one where the Park still believes in the Sergio Ramos project.
He continues with a tenure against Reims and his first and only Parisian goal, taking advantage of a dismissal from the defense after a header from Danilo Pereira (62nd), from a Di Maria corner.
But he relapses again and disappears from the radar again, before this curious return on Sunday, when the Park whistled him, probably because he symbolizes the failure of his club’s summer transfer window, with Georginio Wijnaldum, unrecognizable, and Lionel Messi, rarely worthy of his genius.
He has a few matches left to convince.