calendar, extended holidays, Galtier … Five questions before recovery

DECRYPTION – Everything you need to know before the resumption of the Paris-SG, this Monday, at the Camp des Loges.

Back to school at Paris Saint-Germain. While the rest of the Ligue 1 clubs have already returned to training, starting with Monaco on June 18, the reigning champions of France officially begin the 2022-23 campaign on Monday. A recovery like no other, after a painful season in many ways, the soap opera Kylian Mbappé and several changes in the organization chart. A breath of fresh air breathed by the presidential speech of recent weeks. In the meantime, it’s time to get to work, first at the Camp des Loges, before Japan and Israel, for Parisians who are eagerly awaited than ever.

What recovery program?

The reds and blues are expected this Monday at the Camp des Loges, most of them in any case (see elsewhere), for a battery of medical and physical tests. What tests will continue on Tuesday, before the first training session, at 4.30 pm, behind closed doors. The rest of the week’s work sessions, before enjoying a day off on Sunday, are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., still behind closed doors.

When will the internationals return?

Not all players are housed on the same ship. In this case, those who played matches with their respective national teams this summer were entitled to an additional week of vacation. They will only be expected in Saint-Germain-en-Laye on July 11th. This affects, for example, the international tricolors Kylian Mbappé and Presnel Kimpembe. First Parisian recruit of the low season, Vitinha played two games with the Seleçao in June. However, the young Portuguese international (22 years old) will be part of the first car: he “will live his first moments in his new work environment at the beginning of the week“, we specify. Speaking of the transfer market, the place of the club’s new football adviser, Luis Campos, Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan), Renato Sanches (Lille) and Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo) represent the most advanced files. We also have Seko Fofana (Lens) As for the outings, we will probably need to talk more with Antero Henrique to see if Neymar Jr will be worried …

What friendly matches on the menu?

After a little less than two weeks of training for the favorites, Paris Saint-Germain will have the opportunity to evaluate themselves with a first friendly match, on July 15 at the Camp des Loges, against USA Quevilly- Rouen Métropole (Lliga 2). The Norman-trained coach is also a well-known figure, Olivier Echouafni, former coach of the Paris-SG women’s section. There is no walk in sight for Mbappé and company, the meeting will be played behind closed doors. This will be more the case during a two-week internship in Japan. Operation seduction. The Parisians will fly to Asia the day after the match against the QRM. On the menu, three new tests against local teams, Kawasaki Frontale (Wednesday, July 20, 12:30 p.m.), Urawa Red Diamonds (Saturday, July 23, 12 p.m.) and Gamba Osaka (Monday, July 25, 12 p.m.).

When is the first official match?

The 2022-23 season will begin, as last year, in Tel Aviv (Israel). This is where the Champions Trophy will take place between the Parisian French champions and FC Nantes of Antoine Kombouaré, holder of the French Cup. Ironically, the Canaries won this title at the expense of OGC Nice of … Christophe Galtier (see elsewhere). Let’s see if, this year, the Moroccan international Achraf Hakimi will be whistled again by the Israeli public … The pro-Palestinian opinions of the person concerned had not been to the liking of the local population last year. However, a week later, on 5, 6 or 7 August at the Gabriel-Monpied Stadium in Clermont, the Parisians will begin defending their L1 title. First match at the Parc dels Princes the following week, against Montpellier. The Champions? Group draw on August 25 in Istanbul and first day scheduled for September 6 and 7.

Christophe Galtier present at the recovery?

Everything suggests that yes, although we are still waiting for the press release to formalize his appointment to replace Mauricio Pochettino, fired after a year and a half on the bench at PSG. Previously passed by Saint-Etienne (2009-17), Lille (2017-21) and Nice (2021-22), Christophe Galtier, 55, was also present at the Camp des Loges at the end of the week. It is said that the Marseille coach will be presented on Tuesday in his new position.

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