‘Yes, Defender, That’s Not My Position’ – Pereira on Being Asked To Play at Central Defense Instead of the Midfield

Paris Saint-Germain is on the verge of a catastrophe after their 2-1 loss to RB Leipzig at the Parc des Princes. The capital club finds itself outside the top two spots to advance to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League. 

There’s no need to push the panic button yet, but the finger is close to pressing it. If Les Parisiens want to get their European campaign back on track, they will likely need to make a managerial change, and if you ask Danilo Pereira, he might welcome a new manager that will put him back in the midfield. 

After PSG loss to Leipzig, the Portugal international made it known what’s his position when he spoke to Téléfoot (via Canal Supporters). Furthermore, he states that he players at central defense because that’s where he’s told to play and didn’t add any more explanation to his statement. 

“Yes, defender, that’s not my position. I am a midfielder. The coach asks me to play in central defense. I do what the coach asks me to do,” Pereira said. “I know the basic role of a defender. I’m trying to get used to it. My partners help me a lot to find my bearings, my place in defense.”

Pereira then discusses what went wrong for the reigning Ligue 1 champions against the German club. 

“We got into the game very well. We put pressure on the Leipzig team, we played fast, and we controlled the game,” Pereira said. “We scored the goal, and there was this missed penalty, which actually changed a lot of things for us, not allowing us to materialize. The Leipzig team woke up, gaining confidence, started to put pressure on us, and we took a second goal. It was not the result we expected.”

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