As an OM player, Leonardo Balerdi hopes for Manchester City to qualify for the Champions League final.
The Champions League has passed and while waiting for the Europa League matches, clubs not concerned by Europe are already looking to the national championships. This is particularly the case in Marseille where the Marseille club is preparing the match against FC Lorient.
Scorer two days ago against Dijon, Leonardo Balerdi will be hard at work on Saturday. Confined to a role of replacement during his first months in Marseille with André Villas-Boas, the Marseille defender has continued to tenure since the arrival of Jorge Sampaoli.
“It is true that I play more since the arrival of the coach. I have more confidence, I already knew the coach, that helps”, said Balerdi on Thursday at a press conference.
Much better in his game and in his skin, the central defender hopes to bring his stone to the building at the end of the OM season for 5th place and a place in the Europa League. Because even if he is loaned by Borussia Dortmund, the international albiceleste (2 selections) sees his future on the Canebière.
“I feel good here, it’s a bit like Argentina, I feel like at home. We started talking about next season. I’m comfortable with that. It doesn’t depend on that Me, it also depends on Dortmund. But yes I would like to continue here. “
With an aging Alvaro Gonzalez and an announced Duje Caleta-Car starting a few months ago, Balerdi looks like a bet on the future even if his option to buy (15 million euros) is quite high. In any case, the Argentinian has fully understood the workings of OM and how to put the supporters in the pocket.
“I think Boca is the biggest club in Argentina and Marseille is the biggest club in France. There is more pressure and the players have to be aware of that to be up to it. We are very watched and there is there is a requirement. “
And as if that were not enough, Leonardo Balerdi has perfectly revived the Paris – Marseille rivalry. Asked about the next Champions League semi-finals and who will be the favorite between PSG and Manchester City, it was clear, in French.
“(Smile) I hope Manchester City. (To reporter) You understand why.”