Aligned in the 3-2-4-1 of Jorge Sampaoli on the occasion of Marseille’s victory against Villarreal this Saturday (2-1), Valentin Rongier’s mission was to adapt to a new role of right piston. While Olympique de Marseille could see in the coming hours the arrivals of Pol Lirola (Fiorentina) and Daniel Wass (Valencia), the former Nantes player will now have to show versatility to hope to maintain his starting place within the Olympian workforce, in the grip of competition. In comments relayed by Provence, the usual Marseilles environment thus expressed itself on this unprecedented experience at this post.
“It’s a bit complicated for me to occupy this position, with two positions in one. When we defend, I position myself as a right-back and when we have the ball, the coach asks me to be in the midfield. These are different benchmarks. The hardest part is in the transitions, when you lose the ball, to reposition myself especially against fast players. This is new to me. The coach tries to give me instructions, I take time to find my bearings, but there is better game after game, training after training, we try to adapt. If the coach puts Bouba (Kamara) or me in this position, it is because he thinks that we have the capacity to do it. We will see over the matches. “