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“I used to watch Puyol and Pique”- Tottenham’s Cristian Romero reveals current PL defender he watches “a lot”

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Tottenham defender Cristian Romero reveals he watches Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk “a lot”

Tottenham Hotspur defender Cristian Romero is one of the first names for Antonio Conte on the team sheet. The Argentina international has been a regular part of the club’s starting XI whenever he has been available for selection.

Spurs lost Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen in the past couple of years and we needed a defender who could step in and replace at least one of them. Romero looks like that defender.

He has the ability and skill-set needed to be one of the best defenders in the league one day, if he isn’t one already. Speaking in an interview with radio station Como Te Va via by Infobae (h/t Football.London), he revealed some of his past and current role models

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool tackles Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur. The Dutchman was a brick wall in the 2019 UEFA Champions League final against Spurs.
Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool tackles Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur. The Dutchman was a brick wall in the 2019 UEFA Champions League final against Spurs. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Romero started off by naming Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol of Barcelona as the two centre-backs he liked watching. He then went on to pay Liverpool superstar Virgil van Dijk the ultimate compliment.

“When I was a boy I used to watch Puyol and Pique’s Barcelona a lot. Today I watch van Dijk a lot.”

The three names that Romero has cited share one trait apart from being very good defenders – they are calm and collected on the field. Puyol and van Dijk, especially, kept their tempers in control even when the situation got violent on the field.

Erik Lamela with Barcelona's Gerard Pique (L) and Sergio Busquets.
Erik Lamela with Barcelona’s Gerard Pique (L) and Sergio Busquets. (Photo: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

This is something our fiery Argentine defender can learn from them. It’s not like his temper is a problem, but he can be a little more collected on the field. Take for his example his naive hair-pulling of Marc Cucurella in our 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea last weekend.

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He is still young, after all. The 23-year-old has a lot to learn if he is to reach the level of Puyol, Pique, or Van Dijk, but he is certainly on the right path.

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