Daniel Riolo is delighted to have stung Bradley Barcola “in his pride”

Daniel Riolo is delighted to have stung Bradley Barcola “in his pride”
Daniel Riolo is delighted to have stung Bradley Barcola “in his pride”

Daniel Riolo, journalist and columnist on RMC Sport, is delighted to see that these criticisms against Bradley Barcola have motivated the PSG player, as the latter confided.

It was one of the surprises of the season at PSG. Recruited in Lyon last summer to join an already strong attack, Bradley Barcola (21) quickly found a place in Luis Enrique’s system. He finished the season with 5 goals and 9 assists in 38 matches with Paris. Despite this honorable performance, Daniel Riolo, editorialist for RMC Sport, was very skeptical about his level of play and the fact that he will be selected for Euro 2024 with the France team. After PSG’s draw against Nerwcastle in the Champions League (1-1) last November, he expressed his exasperation at the failures of the “little lamb” Barcola.

“It’s not our job”

The latter responded to him on Thursday on France 3, emphasizing that these criticisms had pushed him to deny them. “It can only make you grow,” he said. “When we come across you like that, it can only push you to give your all, to show that you are not a lamb as I heard (laughs), that you are better than that, that you are a good player, that you know what you are doing and what you want.” Daniel Riolo welcomes this communication, while returning to the recent remarks of Laurent Paganelli and Frédéric Antonetti, Canal+ consultants, reproaching him for these criticisms.

“We are different because on the After set, Flo (Gautreau) says something, I say something, we may not agree and therefore, different voices can be heard,” says he preambles it. “Sunday evening, Laurent Paganelli, followed by Frédéric Antonetti in a somewhat clumsy way behind, – and it’s all the DNA and all the different thinking that drives us between us and them – said: ‘we are here to support this kind of players’. I remind you that on this same plateau, Imbula was a world-class player and Serge Aurier the best right-back in the world… They say that we must support Barcola because he is a young man. player but that’s not our job and it’s the same in the foreign media who are harsh on young players.

“First of all, he’s not very young, he’s not 18. I’m just saying something: he misses a match, he’s too young, and if we didn’t take Terrier (when he was in great shape in Rennes before his injury in January 2023, Editor’s note), I don’t understand how with a handful of matches we joined the French team OK in 1986, Jean-Pierre Papin joined the French team but after. a full season and a lot of goals. Time has changed and I think we’re going too fast.

“What Barcola says today is that his pride is shaken when he hears that, when I say the lamb… Flo doesn’t do it to support him but because he sees qualities that, I see less. He defends a point of view but he is not there to support it. As of last year, he found that he had something particular, I agree less on that. The guy responds. I think it’s much more constructive in a debate about football to do that than to be on a set and shine pumps all the time. We can never be pump shiners. having an opinion, you can sometimes be wrong, rarely in fact.

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