Fabián Ruiz’s first start came in an imposing setting. On Sunday, the Spanish international made his debut as a starter at PSG in Lyon, one of the most pressing fields in all of French football and against a high-quality team in midfield. Although physically he is not yet in tune, he isu adaptation to the Galtier system was immediatebeing an oxygen cylinder at certain moments of the match for the current leader of Ligue 1.
Fabián was, after Nuno Mendes, the 2nd player who stole the most balls PSG with six recoveries. That sense of anticipation, together with his intelligence to find free spaces in the rival field, allowed the Parisians to dominate through possession of the ball, almost never rushing and containing the always dangerous counterattacks of Olympique de Lyon.
His trainer, Christophe Galtier, highlighted in the preview of the match that the former Napoli player is used to this type of match, despite his lack of preseason. That lack of competitive rhythm prevented him from making his debut before, disputing 28 minutes against Brest in his debut in Ligue 1 and 16 against Maccabi Haifa last week in the Champions League.
Although he is not in Luis Enrique’s last call, Fabián’s short-term goal is to go to the World Cup in Qatar. The player is aware that Vitinha has settled very quickly in Galtier’s starting eleven, but he hopes, little by little, to enter into the dynamics of PSG. His match against Lyon showed that his quality could be a perfect complement for Verratti. The Italian was injured and his recovery time is still unknown, so the Spanish international could open a gap in the eleven in the coming weeks.