what Galtier will do to try to revive a struggling team

what Galtier will do to try to revive a struggling team

After hovering over Ligue 1 during the first part of the season, PSG have been unrecognizable since the 2022 World Cup. Christophe Galtier’s players have just had two away defeats in Ligue 1 (Lens and Rennes), posting a worrying face. Enough to push the Parisian coach to remobilize his troops.

The bright sun gave way to thick fog. After a very attractive first part of the season, PSG seems totally amorphous at the start of 2023. Since the 2022 World Cup, the capital club has been chaining tasteless and soporific outings in France. Without genius, without juice, without desire, Marquinhos’ teammates have been painful to see in recent weeks.

While they were undefeated before the break, they fell twice in their last two trips, to Lens (3-1) and Rennes (1-0). Head down and heavy legs. Result: their lead has melted at the top of Ligue 1, where the Lensois (3 points) and the Marseillais (5 points) now have them in their sights.

PSG staff “recovered”

What push Christophe Galtier to react. After the setback at Roazhon Park on Sunday, the Parisian coach demanded “an awareness” from his men, in order to regain “cohesion and rhythm”. The resumption of training was announced to be quite fresh this Tuesday morning at Camp des Loges. And not only because the thermometer flirts with zero in the Yvelines.

According to L’Équipe, the staff would be “recovered” after the recent performances of PSG, which is preparing to make a very lucrative short tour of the Middle East, during which a friendly match against a selection of players from Al- Hilal and Al-Nassr is expected in Saudi Arabia (with Cristiano Ronaldo as captain).

A video session to point out the malfunctions

Galtier and his deputies, disappointed by the current performance of almost all of the workforce, hope to take the opportunity to reboost the troops. Like Neymar, the Parisians give the impression of making less effort in this month of January. Galtier should quickly offer a video session to point out the malfunctions observed during the last matches. The idea would be to show the difference between PSG before and after the World Cup in Qatar. By insisting in particular on the lack of investment and the absence of connections between certain sectors, such as midfield and attack.

The goal is to quickly regain automatisms, links and solidarity on the ground. To recreate a strong collective and get everyone back in shape. A tactical reflection would also be in progress, with a possible return of the 4-4-2 in diamond.

Fourteen days to straighten the bar

Le Parisien specifies that Galtier would have given himself “fourteen days to change the decor”. The 56-year-old technician would not be “surprised” by the situation because he expected a complicated month of January. But the drop in level during the sessions at Camp des Loges would not please him. The next two weeks would be considered essential internally.

Despite the bad spiral, Galtier would have no doubts about his workforce and would expect a rise in power with the return of the Champions League. Paris will receive Bayern Munich in the round of 16 first leg, on February 14 at the Parc des Princes, before going to Bavaria for the return, on March 8 at the Allianz Arena.

Campos should address the group

Before this double confrontation (spaced out by three weeks), the leaders of Ligue 1 must reconnect with collective work and find a second wind, after a long period of separation. They will face next Monday in Lens the amateurs of Pays-de-Cassel (R1), in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France. Before receiving Reims on January 29 in the league.

In the meantime, Luis Campos, the sports adviser of PSG, should address the group with a firm and mobilizing speech. The Parisian leaders would bet on the pride of their players, their experience and their desire to redeem themselves after such disappointing performances. Although deemed problematic, the current situation wouldn’t cause too much concern within the club either. For now, anyway.