Christophe Galtier was satisfied with the face displayed by his team, which quietly qualified for the round of 16 of the Coupe de France, after its big victory against Pays de Cassel. The Parisian coach also praised the performance of Kylian Mbappé, author of a historic quintuplet and explained the content of the discussion of the exchanges he had had with his striker at the edge of the lawn, during the meeting.
How do you analyze your team’s performance?
CHRISTOPHER GALTIER. We had to score quickly. We must pay tribute to this Pays de Cassel team, to its supporters, that’s also the Coupe de France. We knew that the opponent was going to be very compact with a lot of energy. They had a lot of ambitions too, going into the game. From the moment we scored the first goal, it was going to be complicated for the opponent.
In February, you will face Bayern Munich, OM twice… Is it an insane month that awaits you?
There will also be Toulouse, Montpellier, Reims… The calendar is thus made. OM-PSG is a magnificent poster, you will have to do a great performance at the Vélodrome to pass. We will play every 3-4 days. We will have to be vigilant on the physical aspect and on the management of the workforce. To win this trophy you have to win all the opponents. It’s OM, it won’t be easy. We have the ambition to go all the way, there is a real desire to win this trophy after having missed it last season. But we will have to beat OM in a series of difficult matches.
Why did you leave Mbappé and Neymar on the pitch and how did you find Neymar’s behavior during this match?
Neymar has a contact game. When he picks up, he has the will to eliminate the adversary. Neymar and Mbappé had to play and replay together. I spoke with Neymar at half-time and I was guaranteed that he would be calmer and that he wouldn’t take the risk of picking up a yellow card. It seemed important to me that they play together. They combined a lot, it’s good for the rhythm of our two attackers.
Is the desire to have one or two more players felt given your schedule?
The calendar does not call into question, the transfer window is not over, we are in the nails. Pablo is gone and we want to have at least one more offensive player with a surely different profile. The transfer window is difficult, we have constraints, which we must respect. The club is working on it.
Are you satisfied with the face displayed by your team?
The team behaved well, it played a very serious match, we had to respect the opponent and the people who came to see this match. I wanted to line up a very competitive team. We are not going to make an analysis or an assessment of the match because the future opponents are of another quality. But the team was very serious.
How do you view the performance of Mbappé, author of a quintuplet and why did you decide to give him the armband?
I decided that he is the second captain since the beginning of the season, he deserves to have this armband when Marquinhos is not there, because he decided to stay at the club. He scored 56 goals in the calendar year. He is one of the world class strikers, one of the best in the world. He’s like that. He is formatted to score goals, he did not abuse them, the goals came naturally after combinations. It’s Kylian, in his goalscoring profile. He is a man of numbers and stats.
What were the words exchanged with him at the edge of the field during the match?
There was no idea to get him out earlier. He, like Neymar, had to play as much time as possible. The discussion was about him getting closer to the records he had in mind. To break records, I don’t need to encourage him.