It is the beginning of the Christophe Galtier era: the new coach of Paris SG opens his term on Friday with a friendly behind closed doors against Quevilly-Rouen (French League 2) and a series of challenges to achieve, including the management of the egos, the system. enter and recruits are expected.
Appointed in early July, the 2021 French champion coach with Lille set to work at the Camp des Loges where we could see him, with his cap screwed on his head, directing training. We look forward to it in the management of egos, necessarily meticulous, of the Parisian dressing room. The Marseille man acknowledged that he understood “skeptical people“As for his European inexperience (6 Champions League games only with Lille, no wins), but he also assured that he would know”imposehis fist. “I will talk a lot with the players, I have already met locker rooms with many egos, and it is a privilege to have a staff of this level.“He launched Galtier during his presentation to the press.”I’m not going to revolutionize the locker room, I’m going to watch, listen, and I know I’ll have the support of management if any player doesn’t comply with the project.»
The new Parisian coach was pleasantly surprised to see how some players returned from holiday early, such as Lionel Messi or Neymar. He took care of his communication about the Brazilian, calling him “world class playerand asking “ney»Continues at PSG. As for Kylian Mbappé, Galtier “he knows what he brings“And we will have to face the new status of the French world champion, which has been extended with great splendor until 2025 with the sporting guarantees of his management …
A new intrusion system
In Lille or Nice, Galtier lined up a fairly unchanging system in 4-4-2, often folded in front of his cage to jump against. In Paris, the coach admitted that the software would have to be changed. “play welland bet more onball possession“in view of”low blocks“, A change to apply from Friday against Quevilly. “It won’t look at all like what I did before“, he admitted, as he revealed his roadmap:”pace, accuracy, intensity, recover the ball very high to put pressure on the opponent“One of the disorders will affect the defense of three.”great orientation“Announced by Galtier, with Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe and Sergio Ramos … even a debutant, such as the Slovak Milan Skriniar, mentioned by various media.
A goalkeeper will be appointed, recruits are expected
Who will be PSG’s No. 1 goalkeeper this season? The press mentioned an option for Gianluigi Donnarumma to the detriment of Keylor Navas and Friday’s first friendly match could already give some answers. In any case, Galtier does not imagine reproducing the pattern of his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino, who had alternated Italian and Costa Rican in the cage. “As a matter of principle, I always call a number 1 and a number 2he warned.
Finally, it remains to be seen which recruits will be able to line up during PSG’s first friendly matches. So far, only Vitinha, who came from FC Porto for 41.5 million euros, has joined the Paris squad. The small Portuguese midfielder could wear the Parisian shirt for the first time on Friday in front of the QRM, waiting for other reinforcements: in addition to Skriniar, the French media also evoke the track of the powerful Italian international striker Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo) or the ‘international. minus the 20-year-old Frenchman Hugo Ekitike (Reims).
Finally, there is the question of the undesirables within a squad that Galtier considers full: the presence or absence of certain players, on Friday on the bench, could give some clues about PSG’s plans for them, as well as only about the composition of the group taking off on Saturday for the summer tour in Japan.