Olympique de Marseille, Alvaro Gonzalez

Rami praises OM's improved defence

Publish on 28/03/2020 at 10h48 - D. CROSSAN


World Cup winner Adil Rami says Olympique de Marseille's improved defensive record is down to collective discipline.

Asked in an Instagram chat about his replacement Alvaro Gonzalez, the former French international commented: "The bloke isn't bad, he's good because the block isn't bad. You put that bloke into the terrible year that we had last year and it wouldn't have been the same. For a while last season it was like the A8 motorway and whether there were speed cameras or not everything got through."

Now at Sotchi in Russia, Rami added: "Football is easy. Either you play as a compact block or you don't. Either you fight for things and everybody defends or… For a while at OM we lost that collective ethic and everybody wanted to shine individually."

Rami praised Rudi Garcia's successor André Villas-Boas: "Now the club has a good coach that understands things. The most important thing is the defensive shape. That's the foundations of the building. After that you can start to construct things."