OM: the big comeback of Alvaro Gonzalez

For three meetings, Alvaro Gonzalez, yet left from afar in the hierarchy of central defenders at OM, continues the tenure. He recounts his moments without playing.

Last summer, Olympique de Marseille recruited many defenders (William Saliba, Luan Peres and definitely Léonardo Balerdi). On top of that, with Jorge Sampaoli’s three-behind scheme, Jordan Amavi could also take a place, especially since he was extended at the end of last season.

We did not give much of the skin of Alavaro Gonzalez, the Spanish defender, also recently extended. In preparation, then at the start of the season, we did not see much, Sampaoli preferring in particular Leonardo Balerdi to the position of defender in the central axis. However, we had seen him a little. He had played one minute against Bordeaux, then the whole meeting against Saint-Étienne.

He connects the meetings

He was then put in the fridge, appearing only twice in the Europa League, against Moscow and then Galatasaray. He then experienced other sidelines before playing the confrontation against Nice (90 minutes). Then it was the turn of Duje Caleta-Car to play in the axis. But, for three matches, he holds and plays the totality of all the meetings.

In a press conference this Wednesday, he recounted these difficult moments: ” when you’re not playing, it’s not funny. I continued to work, I spoke with the coach. If you’re well prepared to play, it’s easier. He gave me the opportunity, I took advantage of it here at home and against Nantes. Too bad for Brest. That’s a shame. It’s important for confidence and when you get ready to play it’s easier “.

But, while the sector appears to be congested, the competition appears healthy. ” Not at all. With Duje, with William, there is a good relationship. You want to play and you have to work. In the end, we are playing at eleven, it’s difficult, even more so in a team like OM which has a lot of qualities. When you have your moment, the most important thing is to be strong. This week is important because I saw that I can be focused, strong and help the team », He concluded. First element of answer on the renewal of Alvaro this Thursday, against Lokomotiv Moscow at the Orange Vélodrome.

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