After a Pays de Cassel / PSG concluded with the big victory of his team (7-0), it was a necessarily smiling Christophe Galtier who presented himself at a press conference. There was talk of the general performance, deemed satisfactory, but also necessarily of the incredible Kylian Mbappé captain and author of five goals. The PSG coach also mentioned the case of Neymar, who was nervous at first but remained on the pitch for 90 minutes. The PSG transfer window was also discussed, as well as the infernal calendar that awaits the Parisians.
How do you analyze your team’s performance?
“We had to score quickly and in the end, we still had trouble getting into the game. Even if we knew that the adversary, to whom we must pay tribute, also to all these supporters. The stadium was magnificent tonight, that’s also the Coupe de France. We knew that the opponent at the start of the match was going to be very compact, with a lot of energy, with a lot of ambition too. And it took us a little time to get into the game and create situations. Then, from the moment we scored the first goal, it was going to be much more complicated for the opponent and the fact of being able to chain goal after goal, that meant that it gave this kind of match. »
We see the schedule now for the month of February, it’s an insane month waiting for you. Marseille in the Coupe de France, in the league, there is the Champions League, there is Lille, there is Monaco, is this the month of truth for PSG?
“We will have to be very vigilant on the sequence of matches, on the physical aspect, on the management of the workforce”
“Yes, but there will also be Toulouse, there will be Montpellier, there will be Reims from next week. (He shrugs his shoulders) Unfortunately the calendar is like this and there is this draw which will obviously be a magnificent poster for the Coupe de France. We will have to go and put on a great performance at the Stade Vélodrome to pass. With the accumulation of matches, we will play from next week every three, four days. We will have to be very vigilant on the sequence of matches, on the physical aspect, on the management of the workforce. Regarding the draw, in any case to win this trophy, you have to beat all the opponents who present themselves. It’s Marseille, it won’t be easy. But we have ambition, and when you are at PSG, you have the ambition to go all the way. Last season, PSG did not win and this year there is a real desire to win this trophy. But Marseille will have to be eliminated at the Stade Vélodrome, in an obviously difficult sequence of matches. »
Why did you decide to leave Mbappé and Neymar on the pitch? And second question on Neymar, who took a yellow card, he seems a little irritable sometimes. Did you have the same feeling? does it surprise you if so?
“I spoke to Neymar at half-time and I was guaranteed that he was going to be much calmer”
“Yes, he has a set of contacts. He is, when he picks up, between the lines. He has the will to eliminate the opponent so that creates duels? On keeping them both in the game, I felt they needed to play and replay together. I obviously spoke to Neymar at half-time and I was guaranteed that he was going to be much calmer. So no risk of taking a second box. It seemed important to me that the two players could play together. They combined a lot, they searched a lot, they achieved interesting things. And it is also good for the rhythm of our two attackers.
Is the desire to have one or two more players felt given your schedule?
“It doesn’t call anything into question. The transfer window is not over. We are still in the nails in terms of deadlines. I said and I repeat once again that Pablo Sarabia has left and that we want to have at least one more attacking player, with a profile that is surely different from that of Pablo. The transfer window is difficult, there are also constraints that we must respect. But the club is working in this direction to improve the workforce in view of the sequences and the second part of the season. And once again, due to the World Cup calendar in November/December, the return phase of the calendar will be very, very compact. »
After the exchanges of the week, are you satisfied with the face displayed by your team?
“The team performed well overall. The team played a very serious game. It was also respecting both the opponent but also respecting the people, all those supporters who came to see that match. Quickly, I heard the number of supporters there were coming to play here in Bollaert. And to respect these people, I had decided to field a very competitive team. It has been. Then we can’t, we’re not going to make an analysis or take stock of the match because obviously the opponents we’re going to play in the coming weeks will be opponents of a different quality. But overall, 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?
“The captain’s armband has been defined like this since the start of the season”
“The captain’s armband has been defined like this since the start of the season. I had decided that Kylian should be the second captain, he stayed at Paris Saint-Germain and he deserved to have this armband when Marquinhos is not there. Then, on the fact of his performance and the fact that he scores goals, I believe that over the calendar year, he had scored 56 goals in 56 games. He is one of those very great strikers, these very great strikers, world-class strikers, surely one of the best strikers in the world. He’s like that, he’s formatted to score goals, he didn’t abuse, he wasn’t obsessed, the goals came very naturally, with combinations and good balls but it’s Kylian, his goalscoring profile, his desire for numbers and stats.”
What were the words exchanged with Mbappé at the edge of the field during the match?
“There was no idea to get him out earlier. Him like Neymar, I left with the idea that they should play as much time as possible, together. The discussion was about him getting closer to the records he had in mind. If I encouraged him? To break records, I don’t need to encourage him. »