Despite good sporting results this season, Christophe Galtier has not yet fulfilled his main mission at Paris Saint-Germain, that of changing the mentalities of the players. Something to worry about Jérôme Rothen…
The season for the club from the French capital is going quite well so far, with a leading place in Ligue 1 and a qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League against Bayern Munich. But this does not mean that the followers of PSG are satisfied. Quite simply because Paris still displays the same problems as last season, showing very little progress in terms of state of mind. A defect which was confirmed for example at the start of the year during the defeat against Lens in the league (1-3), during which the Ile-de-France residents did not respond to the difficulty. Which worries Jérôme Rothen, for whom the keys are now in the hands of Lionel Messi and Neymar.
“Messi and Neymar must make more collective efforts”
🗣 Jérôme Rothen: “When you see Mbappé, Messi and Neymar, you have to be crazy not to put them on. Mbappé today he sweats P. PSG. On the other hand, Messi and Neymar must make more efforts turned towards the collective. If they do it, they will change mentalities” pic.twitter.com/ydSUWuXWFy
— Rothen ignites (@Rothensenflamme) January 12, 2023
“PSG has a lot of ways to change things. They want to do it and that’s why I’m not going to put Christophe Galtier under water. It’s a long process. You can’t get there in six months. Unlike other years, he is helped by a sports director, Luis Campos, to try to change mentalities. He changes tactics at times. He tries to play with three, to play with four in defense, to play with a diamond midfielder… He tries things, he tries to make players want to surpass themselves, even against teams that seem vastly inferior. Unfortunately, they are not yet able to pass this course. I’m not saying that Galtier should put his stars on the bench. When you see Mbappé, Messi and Neymar, you have to be crazy not to put them on. They are at a very good level. On the other hand, Galtier must speak about the investment. You can say what you want about Mbappé, but today, PSG is sweating! Yes, he has an incredible salary, he has amazing conditions that he would never have had elsewhere. But he makes an effort, when he scores, he has emotion. On the other hand, Messi and Neymar must make more efforts turned towards the collective. If they do, they will change dressing room mentalities as Galtier would like. This is how things can finally change at PSG., launched the RMC consultant, who still thinks that Galtier is the man for the job at PSG. But that he will have to get the best out of his stars, who are no longer making as much effort as at the start of the season, when Neymar and Messi’s desire to do well aroused admiration.