PSG – Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, a punch on the table in the form of an old return

It’s not a sensational ad, it’s rather an old comeback. On Tuesday, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi wanted to send a message. Strong on paper. To the attention of your particular stars. “Maybe we should also change our slogan … Dream Bigger is good, but today, above all, we have to be realistic, we no longer want flashy, bling-bling, it’s the end of the glitter “, warned the PSG president in Le Parisien. The tone is set: a new impetus is wanted at the top of the club. A change of era, as expected by the usual Parc dels Princes. But do you really have to believe it?

To start this new policy and while Zinedine Zidane was perceived as the dream track of the club’s Qatari owners, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi explained that the choice of coach, Christophe Galtier except surprise, set in motion this new dynamic after a European campaign still disappointing. . “We chose another option (note: Zidane only). We have chosen a coach who will be the best for what we want to launch“This may give the impression that the 48-year-old leader is hitting his fist on the table. That he is putting the PSG institution back in its place, as many fans dream.

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The well-known discourse on the institution

The concern is that it’s not the first time he’s climbed on the plate this way. It has even become a sweet return for Nasser Al-Khelaïfi when it comes to taking stock of the end of the year and planning for the future. So you don’t have to go far back to find a first example of this “habit” of Nasser. Just one year is enough. In June 2021, the Parisian coach, questioned by the situation of Kylian Mbappé, took the opportunity to rise to the plate in the profile of the players and especially his mentality in L’Equipe linking with the image of PSG: “The club is above any player, whoever it is. We want players who fight, who give it their all, who want to stay hereme. “

Does it remind you of anything? The words are different but the idea remains the same because the evils are identical. And it’s ancient history now in Paris. Let’s go back to May 2020. By then, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi was already using the same lexical field in France Football: “At Paris Saint-Germain, we put the institution above everything and everyone. Those who work at PSG already know that. that and those who join us in the future will do so knowingly. ” But this was again the first time the head of Paris went to this terrain.

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Even in 2016 …

This departure to the institution came a year after an interview with FF where Nasser Al-Khelaïfi had raised his voice to signal the attitude of the Parisian team, after a disappointing season marked by a road trip to the round of 16. in the Champions League against Manchester United. “Players will have to take on their responsibilities even more than before. They will have to do more, work harder. They are not here to have fun. And if they disagree, the doors are open. Bye! I no longer want to have star behaviors “, had thundered the president of PSG, while Leonardo had made his return a few days earlier and that several observers had denounced in recent months the status granted to Neymar in particular. And it was not yet a first attempt for the Parisian president .

One of Nasser Al-Khelaïfi’s first warning shots actually dates back to 2016. Despite the national quadruple, the elimination against Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League fell to the coach’s throat. . And with the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it was time in his eyes to consider a turn and “big changes” in the Paris project with the ambition, according to him, to start “a new cycle.” “It won’t be easy for everyone, but it’s time to change. After five years, a new cycle needs to be relaunched. We dream big, I’ve said it since I arrived, we want to win the Champions League and I won’t give up. We are going to recruit players who contribute even more to the team. At first, we needed players to develop our image. Today, thanks to them, PSG is known around the world“, had leaked to the Parisian in June 2016, Al-Khelaïfi a few days before the departure of Laurent Blanc.

In June, the story is therefore often a perpetual reboot in Paris. And he’s not sure this will make the boss’s speech very audible to his players ’ears.

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