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Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen featured for his club Barcelona after over 21 months out. The former Arsenal and Roma defender was called to action as an option against Valencia. Vermaelen last played 90 minutes for the Catalan side on January … Continue reading
Thomas Vermaelen seems to be on his way to Italy as a loan deal with Internazionale is reportedly not too far away from getting finalised. Vermaelen has been deprived of playing opportunities at Barcelona in the recent past and that … Continue reading
Tony Pulis, the Manager of the West Brom side is looking to shore up his defences so as to help bolster off his options before the transfer season comes to an end. Reports emanating from different quarters have it that … Continue reading
Thomas Vermaelen is currently a performer for Barcelona but the Belgian defender is not playing any significant role for the Spanish outfit and rumors are continuously emerging claiming that a transfer to a Premier League club is a realistic and … Continue reading
Thomas Vermaelen has been having nightmares about his next career move and this is not about to stop soon. His fitness record is a major blot on his marketability despite his intelligence, capabilities and experience as a defender. Since his … Continue reading
Premier League side West Ham United are desperate for top defenders ahead of the new season. They failed to reach expected levels after an impressive run the previous term. SlavenBilic is under pressure to get his acts right this season. … Continue reading
Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has stated that former Arsenal defender and current Roma defender Thomas Vermaelen lacks playing time. He was speaking after the match that saw his team face Greece in the World Cup qualifiers. He said that the … Continue reading
When it comes to getting injured, Thomas Vermaelen is one of those players that always seem to sustain physical problems in every single season; it has been less than 30 days since the year 2017 has kicked off and the … Continue reading
Roma boss Luciano Spalletti has registered his displeasure at the conduct of new loan signing, Thomas Vermaelen for picking up a red card during the 1-1 draw with FC Porto in the first leg of the 2016/2017 Champions League playoffs.
The 30-year-old Belgian international joined the Giallorossi from Spanish giants Barcelona on a full season loan. Unfortunately, Vermaelen spent more time on the treatment table than on the pitch throughout his stay at Camp Nou. He managed a meager return of 11 appearances between 2014 and 2016.
Despite having an advantage of an away goal, Spalletti felt the Italians could have gone home with all three points had Vermaelen applied more discretion.
“An experienced player like Vermaelen should not be getting two cards like he did especially when you look at the first one he got, but physically we saw that we are in good shape and the mistakes we made were only technical so I am satisfied.”
“Personally I’m very happy with the attitude of my team – we were in control of the game when it was 11 against 11. We’ve got to look on the bright side, which is substantial. We started with a good personality and I’m glad also to have seen the other side of my team, which showed resistance under pressure right to the end.”
“The only criticism I can have of my team is that they should have dealt with certain situations better. We needed a bit more maturity rather than trying quick breaks which just saw us lose our balance in the process,” he added.
Roma welcomes Porto to the Stadio Olimpico next week. The goal is to hold out a goaless draw or simply beat the Portuguese club. Achieving that will see them become the second Italian club to scale through the play offs. Only AC Milan have managed to cross that hurdle while Napoli and Udinese came short.