After a catastrophic start to the match against Lille (2-1) in Ligue 1 on September 10, the central defender of Olympique de Marseille Leonardo Balerdi (23 years old, 9 matches in L1 this season) was released, under the whistles of the public at the Stade Vélodrome, from the 28th minute by his trainer Igor Tudor. Unsurprisingly, the Argentinian was affected by this reaction from Marseille fans.
“Now I feel very good. It was a tough moment. I play for my family, my friends and the supporters. When you are whistled, it’s hard. But it’s okay, these are things that happen in football “It’s like that. I listen a lot to my friends, my family and my teammates who have always been behind me. It was very important to me, and now I feel very good. After Lille, the coach spoke to me , he told me things that helped me a lot,” said the ex-Borussia Dortmund player at a press conference on Friday.
Indeed, Balerdi finds colors on the sporting level since this premature replacement.