Sergio Ramos Discusses Adapting to Christophe Galtier, Playing Three Center-Back System

Paris Saint-Germain defender Sergio Ramos appears to be fit ahead of the 2022-23 Ligue 1 season. After injuries have hindered his ability to get onto the pitch the last two years, it seems the 36-year-old is healthy and prepared to make a significant contribution. 

Ramos spoke with PSG TV, where he discussed having a new manager in Christophe Galtier following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino. The veteran defender stated that although there’s a language barrier they’re working through, the two can communicate. 

“We still have a little problem with the language (smile), but when he speaks slowly, I understand him perfectly,” Ramos said. “So we communicate well together on the new game system that we are adopting, on what it expects of us.”

Furthermore, the former Real Madrid thinks highly of the French tactician and expresses that the squad is working on projecting Galtier’s ideas out on the pitch. 

“In the end, I think we understand each other very well,” Ramos said. “I think he is a coach with a very high technical and tactical level.” 

“He has just won the championship with another team in France, so he is someone experienced in football, and we have to take advantage of that and try to project the coach’s ideas onto the pitch.”

Ramos finally discussed transitioning to playing a three-central defender system, which for him is new since it’s something he hasn’t done often with Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. 

Nonetheless, Ramos stated that it’s a situation that’s adaptable for him, getting the hang of having three center-backs on the pitch. 

“It’s been a while since I played with three central defenders, either in the previous teams or in the national team, but we adapt to everything,” Ramos said. 

“I think it’s also an advantage to play with three central defenders because it gives us solidity, stability, and a very high defensive balance which transmits a lot of security to the attackers; on the counter-attacks, they can come back a little more slowly.”

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