Emiliano Martinez, the unexpected rant!


By: Manu Tournoux

The very controversial Argentina goalkeeper continues to fuel debates around the world.

His provocations and his sometimes obscene attitude have followed him like his shadow for a year and the coronation of Argentina. A great man, alongside Lionel Messi, of his nation’s victory in Qatar, Emiliano Martinez experienced a year 2023 rich in lessons.

The Argentinian goalkeeper was expected at the turn to prove that he was not just the last occasional defense of a major tournament. And he succeeded in his mission by having a top-flight season with Aston Villasensation team of this first part of the season in the Premier League.

“His commitment is incredible! »

Martinez nonetheless remains controversial. This week, his knee-jerk gesture against striker Neal Maupay, during the Aston Villa-Brentford match (2-1), generated a shower of criticism. But Unai Emery, who has not always found his goalkeeper blameless, came to his defense this time.

His commitment here is incredible!, repeated the Spanish technician. There are little things he knows he can improve on, and he does. He is working to improve this, to respond respectfully and as we would like. (…) He is one of our captains and he follows the messages I send“, concluded the former PSG coach.

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