January 15 News Recently, in an exclusive interview with the French media “L’Equipe”
, Paris midfielder Verratti talked about his views on Ligue 1. In this regard, the Italian international also compared Ligue 1 with Serie A.
How much did you know about French football when you first joined PSG?
“Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved watching football. I watch all the games. I follow Ligue 1, Premier League, La Liga. When I was a kid, I didn’t like going to school, but I was really good at geography.
, because of football. I know a lot of cities and I know which country they are in. I know Ligue 1 well. I even know a few words.”
“Now, I sometimes use French words. My wife is French and at home we speak French, at Paris Saint-Germain we speak French. I speak French all day long. When I am in Italy, I sometimes speak French to my mother.
Or the father spoke French. They told me they didn’t speak the language at all.”
Have the same passion for French football?
“Today I think football is a profession, but at the time, I thought it was fun. For a long time, I didn’t want to give up everything just to play football, it was not my dream to be a professional footballer. I just wanted to
Playing on the pitch. That’s why I’ve been in Pescara for so long. I didn’t want to “throw” my whole life and adolescence at football. When I decided to sign in Paris, I knew it was a new
project and I wanted to be a part of it. Ten years on, I don’t regret it at all, even though it was tough at first.”
One thing that seems to connect you more with France, it seems like the president himself discovered you in a French-Italian youth game, is that right?
“Yes. He asked Leonardo and Ancelotti about the situation. Then they gathered information in Italy and it was difficult to accept an Italian D2 player at first. In France, Ligue 1 has the same good players. But they do.
Out of choice, this is the beginning of a great story.”
Is it complicated to integrate into France?
“My brother left everything in Italy to be with me. I couldn’t even cook myself pasta, so he was very important. And Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic, Maxwell… They immediately thought of me as their little boy.
Dude, take me to practice, I spend the afternoon with them and we eat in the restaurant at night.”
What does France and Ligue 1 bring to your game?
“Through my time in Ligue 1, I discovered a completely different game that took me out of my comfort zone. Every country’s league has its own characteristics, and Ligue 1 is very physical and I’m not very
Tall, not very strong, you have to be strong against these teams and Ligue 1 has helped me grow a lot in this regard.”
Has your football in Italy and France made you a better player?
“My Italian tactics helped me a lot and I grew and developed with it. In Italy we have a very strict football culture. The fusion of France and Italy in my game has helped me improve as a player
. I was also fortunate to have been coached by French and foreign coaches, each with their own style of play. They are all different and that has allowed me to acquire different skills.”
Ligue 1 is often criticized abroad, will you defend it?
“In European competitions, PSG often go far. We had a Champions League final recently (1-0 against Bayern in 2020). Lyon also beat Juventus and Manchester City in the semi-final.
Two important teams. Personally, I did well in Ligue 1. I saw a lot of good players. So Ligue 1 is not worse than Serie A or other leagues.”
What is your fondest memory in France?
“The first title we won here (2012-2013) was special to me. It was my first title in Paris and I saw how the fans celebrated. I’ve never experienced that before.
It is one of my fondest memories. I have many fond memories besides football. I got married in France and my children were born here.”
So what is the worst memory?
“The worst memory is still about football, we lost some games that made me feel bad. 1-6 against Barcelona or 1-3 at home to Manchester United. After each game, I went through a very difficult time.