The probable composition of Nantes
Lafont – Coco, Castelletto, Girotto, Pallois, Fabio – Sissoko, Chirivella – Blas, Guessand, Simon.
Merlin trained separately.
The probable line-up of PSG for the Champions Trophy
In 3-4-1-2, as since the start of the preparation. In the absence of Mbappé, suspended, it is Sarabia who is expected to be associated with Neymar in front.
Donnarumma – Ramos, Marquinhos, Kimpembe – Hakimi, Verratti, Vitinha, Mendes – Messi – Neymar, Sarabia.
Galtier on the new system: “The DNA of PSG is to attack, to have the ball and to project quickly.”
“From the moment it’s a new system, we started working long before. We chose this system in relation to the characteristics of the workforce. We solved the problems during the friendlies. We came back to it in image with the players. The DNA of PSG is to attack, to have the ball and to project quickly. We must be able to attack with 6 or 7 and counter all the transitions of the opponent. there will still be a few weeks to fine-tune certain moves. Above all, you have to let talent express itself without restraint.”
Galtier on the clash with FC Nantes: “It’s a committed team but plays very good football.”
“I’m always very happy to meet Antoine. In the May final, the FCN deserved its victory. From what we observed, it remains on the same principles. I also looked at what is went to La Beaujoire against PSG last season. It’s a committed team but plays very good football. I don’t think that the characteristics of the FCN will have changed compared to last season. We will be in the same state of mind on their side.”
Galtier: “On the preparation, there have been no changes.”
“We are going to have a very busy season. I believe that before the CDM, there will be 26 matches in all competitions, then the World Cup and the final sprint. We are going to have a discussion with the sporting director on how the group should be prepared. as a result. There will be fatigue so the players will have to accept less play in the final sprint. On the preparation, there have been no changes. We have been very careful with those who have returned from long holidays. In the first games, there was an energy of enthusiasm and we have to keep that.”
Galtier on Neymar: “He’s a world-class player and it’s important to have a player of his class.”
“We have several possibilities of scheme, despite the absence of Mbappé. We prepared the matches in Japan with and without him. We also have the possibility of playing with 3 real midfielders. I would not change the defensive organization. “
“Neymar? I wouldn’t say anything about the exchanges. I saw a happy, very professional player. It’s an important season for each player who will take part in the World Cup. He arrived prepared, fit, he didn’t miss any sessions. . He is in sharing and listening to the work. He is a world-class player and it is important to have a player of his class.”
Galtier on the group: “They give off a great desire to have a great season.”
“Rather a new life for me than for the group (laughs). Satisfied with the work, with the way the group lives together. On a personal level, obviously going on tour, I was able to immerse myself more quickly in what is to train PSG. I also took the time to chat with the players informally. I chat with the others, the staff and I’ve always had feedback from the players opposite. These are great players and I’m all the more convinced of that by having them face to face. They give off a great desire to have a great season.”
Galtier: It would be very interesting for everyone to win this trophy to begin with”
“When you are a PSG coach you have more pressure than elsewhere, it would be very interesting for everyone to win this trophy to start, for me as for everyone. I am very happy to train this group there, proud to have this group and we are working to win trophies.”
Galtier: “There is no personal interest from PSG”
“Since last season, the trophy has been played in Israel with a warm welcome. There is no personal interest of PSG but of French football to show our best face to promote it.”
Galtier on the French arriving at the transfer window: “We are not trying to make Paris more French”
“We are looking for the best profiles in relation to our system, and that those who arrive bring something. We are not trying to make Paris more French, the market opportunities have allowed us to recruit in this direction.”
Galtier: “The most important thing is to win.”
“Winning. It’s a trophy, we talked about it a lot at the start of the season. Everyone is focused on the UCL but first you have to do everything you can to win the 3 trophies. Last year we didn’t didn’t manage to win. I don’t know if we should try to convince. The better we play, the better our chances of winning. In Japan we saw some interesting things, there were things to correct but the most important thing is to win.”
Marquinhos on Neymar: “We hope he will have a huge season to show all his qualities.”
“I know Neymar very well and I know he likes a challenge. That’s why he has this personality. He’s a very competitive person. He worked during the holidays to get back in shape in this start of the season. It’s nice to see him like this. It’s an important season for him for us. We hope he will have a huge season to show all his qualities.”
Marquinhos: “We made some mistakes on the defense at 3.”
“We made a few mistakes on the defense at 3, but it’s normal, we need time to adapt. It’s important to fix them. We worked on the pitch in training and we hope that everything will be settled tomorrow.”
Marquinhos: “Today in football there are no more favourites”
“We’re almost ready, we’re still missing training today and rest afterwards. Everything is almost in place, we don’t have much left to work on. Just the details of a final to settle.”
Favorite? I let you tell it. Nantes are a courageous team which has always put us in difficulty in recent years. Today in football there are no more favourites, the matches are always tighter. We have to impose ourselves on the field to become favourites.”
Marquinhos: “It’s a start to the season and we hope to start with a title.”
“I focus on the good things, the coach showed us this human aspect, a different pattern of play. These are good things that will bring us this season. We have a lot of titles to go for. It’s a start season and we hope to start with a title.”
Marquinhos before the Champions Trophy: “We will have to be 100%.”
“We are in a big club to win titles and this is one of them. It’s nice to be here and this season starts with an important match. We have to start well, it will be difficult and we will have to be 100% .”
Press conference by Christophe Galtier to follow…
First press conference before an official match for Christophe Galtier, who will appear in front of the microphones at 4:30 p.m. An event to follow live on this live.
Why Mbappé did not make the trip as a guide
Suspended for accumulation of yellow cards at the end of last season, Kylian Mbappé knew that he could not compete in the Champions Trophy against Nantes. But the idea of a trip with the group to Tel-Aviv as “accompanist” had made its way. In the end, the PSG striker did not board the plane. On its official website, the capital club also specifies that the world champion has remained “in care” in Paris.
Conference day in Tel-Aviv
PSG coach Christophe Galtier will speak at a press conference this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. For the speech of Antoine Kombouaré, it will be necessary to wait until 7:30 p.m.
Why Ekitike is not in the PSG group
Hugo Ekitike is not in the group selected for the Trophée des Champions on Sunday against Nantes (8 p.m.). The new Parisian player needs a few more days to be ready. He will continue his preparation at Camp des Loges. The objective is to be 100% for the resumption of Ligue 1 scheduled for Saturday August 6 in Clermont.
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The PSG group has just fallen, with Mukiele but without Ekitike
The PSG group for the Champions Trophy, Sunday evening against Nantes:
Navas, Donnarumma, Rico, Hakimi, Bernat, Kimpembe, Ramos, Marquinhos, Mukiele, Diallo, Nuno Mendes, Verratti, Paredes, Danilo, Zaire-Emery, Vitinha, Sarabia, Gueye, Kalimuendo, Icardi, Neymar, Messi.
The club does not specify whether Kylian Mbappé, suspended, will still travel with the group or not.
The Loire Brigade refuses to go to Tel Aviv for the Champions Trophy against PSG
To protest against the LFP’s decision to play the Champions Trophy abroad, the main group of FC Nantes supporters decided not to travel to Israel.
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