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Christophe Galtier confides in his arrival at PSG!

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For his first outing of the season and in his new colors, Christophe Galtier did not miss it. Winner of Quevilly-Rouen Métropole (2-0) on the occasion of Paris Saint-Germain’s first friendly match, the Rouge-et-Bleu coach has already left some clues of the new face he wishes to give at the capital club. Questioned at length, this Saturday morning, in the daily The Team, the 55-year-old French technician returned to various subjects. His appointment, his ambitions, the doubts surrounding him, his legitimacy and his project. Everything happened there.

Now on the bench of Parisian training, Christophe Galtier intends to take advantage “the talent of the players” and of “the technical quality observed during the first sessions” to achieve his goals, both on the national scene but also in the Champions League. With these responsibilities, the one who took LOSC to the top during the 2020-2021 season nevertheless wished to recall that his induction had been planned for several weeks, despite the Zinedine Zidane rumor. “I had discussions with Luis Campos (PSG football adviser) but also with my president (Nasser al-Khelaïfi) who assured me that I would be the future coach of PSG. I want to be short on this subject. Zizou is Zizou. He has an incredible track record. Zizou is unique. But what was most important were my constant exchanges with my president and Luis (Campos)”.

Christophe Galtier wants to win it all!

Asked later about his way of managing the group and a collective of stars, Galtier certainly recognized the obligation to adopt a different methodology but does not intend to abandon discipline, a point on which his president insisted a lot: “There will be rules of life that will be put in place, which I will present to the group. There will be some things negotiable, some non-negotiable. I will exchange with the players, because it is necessary to take into account the extra-sporting obligations of the players, but very precise rules will have to be respected. They will have to commit. And, whoever the player, if he has no valid reason for not respecting them, he will stand aside on his own. It will happen naturally. We’re not in the army either. I will never make a decision without taking into account the opinion of each other.. Aware of the pressure and the responsibilities given, Christophe Galtier is nonetheless an ambitious coach, ready to grab everything in his path despite the doubts surrounding his appointment to the club of the French capital.

“Once you are at PSG, you always have the obligation of results. I am very ambitious. With great humility. I came to Paris to win. There are already three national titles: we have to win them. You have to break records. And in all modesty, I tell you: I came to Paris to win everything.declared the main concerned before being revived on a victory in the Champions League. “And why not ? Do you know who won the first Champions League with Chelsea? This is (Roberto) Di Matteo (in 2012). Who would have put a penny on him? (…) I understand that there is this debate on my legitimacy, especially since in the Champions League with Lille, we had a bad run (1 point in the group stage in 2019-2020). But these six matches will serve me well. Afterwards, I am not the standard bearer for French coaches. It’s up to me to show that I’m capable of leading an army of very, very great players. If I hadn’t felt capable of taking on this pressure, I would have been elsewhere..

Galtier sends a message to Neymar, Messi and Mbappé!

Sure of his strength and accomplice with Luis Campos, Galtier also insisted on the importance “to be very well aligned between a coach and a sports adviser” before adding “if people think that Luis does everything, they think what they want. I know how we work”. Aligned in 3-5-2 against QRM during PSG’s first summer outing, the former Aiglons coach finally tackled the tactical part, focusing in particular on the roles of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé. “In the offensive field, there will be playing time for everyone. I know where Neymar can be comfortable, whether it’s a little higher off the hook or in front of two midfielders, Neymar, like Leo (Messi), they are facilitators, players who have this ability to to be found between the lines and to be decisive”.

Eager to rely on his stars, the native of Marseille has, despite everything, recalled the importance of relying on a collective. “We are not going to make him (Mbappé, editor’s note) bear all the responsibility. He is a 23-year-old boy, who has a certain mastery of events. He knows what people are going to expect from him, but there are also other players around. I’m not trying to take some pressure off him. Kylian knows what he wants, knows where he wants to go, what he wants to do with his career, so automatically, this pressure, he has it.. While sending a positive message to La Pulga: “From what I can see for ten days, he is a fully invested player. The rest, the whole planet knows what he is capable of doing.. Communication test over, now it’s time for the game.


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