A nice tribute (and a trophy) for Messi after his return
Lionel Messi returned to PSG training this Wednesday at Camp des Loges. When he entered, in uniform, on the lawn, the Argentinian was treated to a nice guard of honor from the members of the Ile-de-France group.
At the end of it, a smiling Luis Campos. President Nasser al-Khelaïfi’s sports adviser then presented a trophy to congratulate ‘La Pulga’ on their journey to the 2022 World Cup.
Messi back at PSG training center
He’s back: Lionel Messi arrives at the PSG training center on Wednesday, returning after a short break to celebrate his World Cup victory with Argentina.
PSG will play well against Al-Nassr
As part of their January tour last year (which was canceled due to Covid), PSG were scheduled to play Saudi club Al-Nassr. It was a contractual obligation which was therefore postponed but not cancelled. PSG must schedule this match in the coming weeks. The date is not yet finalized. Several options exist but PSG are expected to travel to Saudi Arabia in January to face Cristiano Ronaldo’s new club.
What to remember from the defeat of PSG in Lens
PSG suffered defeat for the first time this season this Sunday, losing to their runner-up Lens (3-1).
>>> relive the highlights of the match here
The Lens group with the absence of David Pereira da Costa
RC Lens also communicated its group for the reception of PSG with the absence of David Pereira da Costa, hit in the shoulder. Alexis Claude-Marice is a must as is Facundo Medina.
Ekitike and Bernat present in the group for Lens
Christophe Galtier has communicated his group for the trip to RC Lens this Sunday, with Juan Bernat and Hugo Ekitike who are present. Both players were absent from training on Friday. Suspended Neymar is not present just like Lionel Messi, still in Argentina.
Galtier still praises Mbappé and “his desire to win”
“The fact of having returned so quickly and having such a desire to win and to lead the team to win shows his state of mind. Kylian is very dynamic, very invested in the role of a player who is growing week by week. He has played 56 games and scored 56 goals in 2022. How lucky we are to have a player like that.”
Galtier on New Year’s Eve questions
“We will stick to our routine, we will train tomorrow (Saturday) before joining Lens on Sunday morning. There are the usual questions: what will happen to the players on the 31st? meal adapted to the 31st or the day before a match? Will they go to bed late? Will they drink a little alcohol? They are very high level players and I have complete confidence in them. the first against the second, we will have to play a full match to win. But Lens also has this problem.”
Galtier on Lens: “the strongest opponent we will play”
“I know that against the big teams of the L1, they have been successful but they have become a big team of the L1. They have the right to believe, to hope and to dream of an extraordinary season. By their number of points and their qualities, in my eyes, he is the strongest opponent we are going to play.”
“He was loved by the whole world”, Galtier’s tribute to Pelé
“The players talked about it as much as we have Brazilian players, Marquinhos and Neymar. He is a player who marked world football. Even if I never saw him play, he was a precursor in the game and athletically. He accompanied all generations and he will accompany other generations for a long time to come, Such a record, such a quality of play… He was loved by the whole world.”
Recruiting a defender “is no longer relevant”, assures Galtier
“It’s no longer relevant. We have a young player El Chadaille (Bitshiabu). He has enormous potential. To get a defender at this time would be to block his space. promote our young talents.”
Galtier on the transfer window
“I am very happy and satisfied with my squad. There will be no arrival if there is no departure. At the moment we (with Luis Campos) have no players who have asked to look elsewhere, that means they are fine here. But it’s only the opening of the transfer window, it’s going to be long, we have a lot of matches. (…) There may be a player not satisfied with his playing time and we can discuss the possibilities.”
Galtier on the difficulties against Strasbourg
“Our plan was to play inside. There was a lot of mobility inside against Strasbourg, we took position without having any movement and we were upset. It can be linked to the opposing density or to the fact that we lost our mobility during the recovery. The fact of not having a left side of formation prevented us from passing on this side.
Galtier has “a clear idea” to replace Neymar
“It’s not trivial. We know their importance in our game. With the suspension of Neymar, I immersed myself in how we are going to animate our game and our team on the offensive level. We worked with the players and the staff but I have a pretty clear idea of what I’m going to ask my players and how I’m going to position them.”
Galtier: “All the ingredients for it to be a great evening”
Christophe Galtier begins his press conference with the clear domination of PSG in Ligue 1. “We are not too strong, we win matches but they are always difficult. Against Strasbroug, we won in a compromised situation, in inferiority digital. Snatch victories in difficulty, it’s good. Lens-PSG, it’s a poster because Lens is doing a magnificent course, they are on a very great dynamic. Haise has improved his game season after season. There will have an extraordinary atmosphere with the lesoins supporters plus our many supporters All the ingredients for it to be a great evening.”
Galtier warns his players on New Year’s Eve
Galtier on PSGTV: “I had the idea of putting training at 9:30 p.m. on the 31st. Just kidding. It’s the first time it’s happened to us (to play on January 1) in France. I have complete confidence in my players. A very serious training is planned tomorrow (Saturday) morning. I know that there will be people at my players to celebrate the new year. We are vigilant on the instructions. We will have to pay attention to food, to the bedtime. But they are very high level players.”
Galtier praises Haise
Galtier on PSGTV: “He’s a very good manager, a very good tactician and a very good person on a human level. He makes his team progress each season with a clearly identified game model but he improves the faults that Lens may have had two years ago. They are becoming a formidable team in our league.”
Galtier confides on PSGTV: “a beautiful poster in an extraordinary atmosphere”
“It’s a great poster to start this new year, in an extraordinary atmosphere with our supporters (there will be 1,000 at Bollaerr). It’s going to be a rhythmic and committed match. It’s a team that improves every season with their coach .”
Follow Christophe Galtier’s press conference before Lens
Christophe Galtier is expected at a press conference from 1 p.m. two days before the trip to Lens in the shock of the 17th day of Ligue 1, Sunday (8:45 p.m.).
The verdict is in for Neymar
The Disciplinary Committee ruled on Friday on the Neymar case. Expelled against Strasbourg after two yellows, the Brazilian will ultimately miss only one match with PSG.
The star of the Ile-de-France club will therefore miss the trip to Lens, this Sunday in the league, but will be able to make his return to the Coupe de France.
Paris without Neymar and Messi against Lens
Not yet returned from his vacation after the coronation of Argentina at the World Cup, Lionel Messi will not play against Lens. No more than Neymar.
Expelled during the victory against Strasbourg, the Brazilian is suspended after his red and could even be sanctioned by the disciplinary committee of the LFP this Friday.
First in Ligue 1 with 44 pts, PSG travels this Sunday to Lens during the 17th day. Faced with the current second in the championship standings, the Ile-de-France club will try to increase its lead. Before the shock at the top, Paris is seven points ahead of the Northerners and will want to continue its good series of invicibility.
Christophe Galtier will face the press this Friday from 1 p.m.