Christophe Galtier, Paris Saint-Germain coach who arrived this summer season to interchange Mauricio Pochettino, confided in model. On this interview revealed this Friday, the Parisian coach notably talked about the three forwards Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymarbut additionally the beginning of the season for the entire crew, with the Champions League and the mission that has been put in place.
Galtier “It is the results of a number of arduous work and efficiency by my technical and medical employees and, after all, my gamers. »
21 video games with 0 losses, is that greater than you anticipated?
There are 22. We additionally received the Trophée des Champions. No. If you end up a PSG coach it’s a must to have this ambition, at all times with a number of humility, however I’m in a membership with very excessive degree gamers and there may be this obligation of outcomes.
I rapidly noticed the group’s potential and the dedication of my gamers to have an amazing first a part of the season. Nevertheless it’s not random. It’s the results of a number of work and efficiency by my technical and medical employees and, after all,
course, of my gamers.
Galtier “if we wish to go far within the Champions League, we now have to enhance our defensive degree. »
59 objectives for, 16 in opposition to together with 7 within the Champions League, the large job is to be extra stable in LDC?
The squad I’ve at my disposal could be very attacking. And my pondering is as follows: it’s a must to rating objectives. PSG is a global showcase with world-class gamers and the primary thought I had once I arrived was to create an environment the place the gamers really feel they’ll rating objectives.
Now we have taken an excessive amount of within the Champions League. Clearly, there’s a distinction in degree between the Champions League and our championship. But when we wish to go far within the Champions League, we now have to enhance our defensive degree.
Galtier “Nothing is straightforward within the Champions League. »
Individuals think about it simple for PSG to qualify, however Juventus, Atlético de Madrid and Barça are usually not within the spherical of 16.
When the Champions League draw happened, we obtained a bunch. I used to be the brand new coach of PSG and I seemed on the historical past of the final years of the membership within the competitors. Clearly, PSG have been out of the group stage for a few years. My first aim was to do it no less than in addition to my predecessors. And it turned an obsession.
After all, the followers and the press assume that is regular. Juventus, Benfica and Haifa. It appeared simple. However that was not the case. Nothing is straightforward within the Champions League. Furthermore, nobody within the evaluation took into consideration the problem of the calendar this season. It’s the first time within the historical past of soccer with such a compact and tough schedule. Nearly each week there was the Champions League. I feel that is why some groups that might usually make it by way of the group stage did not. We performed in three and a half months what we usually performed in 4 or 5 months.
Probably the most stunning elimination?
Juve, Atlético and Barcelona nonetheless qualify and it was a pleasant shock. It reveals that soccer shouldn’t be a precise science. And fortuitously, that form of stuff occurs for the present, for the suspense, for the followers…
Probably the most in-form groups in UCL?
Napoli and Bayern Munich have had an unbelievable trajectory.
Galtier “These feelings provide the objectives. »
What’s the Galtier type and the way has it developed?
Two parallel reflections. The primary is that I used to be an assistant coach for 11 years. Once I made my debut as a coach at St-Étienne, the scenario was very tough. My crew conceded a number of objectives and I needed to make it tough to beat us. Because the video games and the season went on, I had one other thought: now that we now have discovered defensive stability, how can we get the crew to enhance its attacking contribution? As a result of folks come to the stadium to see objectives. Soccer is a spectacle and folks watch tv to really feel feelings. These feelings provide the objectives.
I skilled an amazing evolution once I began working with Luis Campos in Lille. The primary six months had been very tough as a result of the crew was very poorly ranked. However after we began the second season collectively, the thought was to have nice defensive stability, but additionally to have a gorgeous attacking recreation that might contain taking part in ahead, at all times ahead.
I’m satisfied that my time at Lille, with my fixed exchanges with Luis Campos and with a brand new working methodology with a global employees, made me open up rather a lot within the design of the sport we needed to play in order that my gamers and my supporters recognize our crew, and so they have additionally been appreciated within the league for his or her recreation.
Galtier “My obsession is that they actually like to coach. »
Techniques are essential, however so is the lifetime of the group.
Coaches present momentum and momentum by way of their teaching employees, and it is essential that the gamers really feel that. They act like a locomotive. My obsession is that they actually like to coach. Not for enjoyable, however to play with pleasure, with pleasure.
Galtier “if I did not settle for it, I must retire. »
Did you may have any doubts when PSG contacted you?
The primary dialog was with Luis Campos. We share the identical values of labor on what a membership ought to be. We outline and defend a mission.
When Luis advised me about this risk [sourire] I assumed to myself, “Ugh. It is incredible. We talked for five or 6 minutes, no extra, I feel he did not need this dialog to be lengthy. Once I hung up, I put airplane mode on. I spoke to my spouse and he or she solely requested me one query: Do you’re feeling sturdy sufficient to simply accept this problem? I replied that I did not know if I used to be sturdy sufficient to simply accept it, but when I did not settle for it, I must retire. As a result of having this chance to coach this nice membership with these gamers is as soon as in a lifetime. The subsequent factor he stated to me was, “Are you conscious that your life goes to vary? I hadn’t considered that, however that has modified.
Galtier “It was the president who selected me. »
Why did Luis Campos select you?
It was the president who selected me. With the suggestion and recommendation of Luis Campos, after all. I do know that my arrival at PSG coincided with that of Luis. For a membership to succeed, I feel there should at all times be relationship between three folks: the president, his sports activities adviser and the coach. It’s important. I feel that with Luis we’re every in our space of experience, however that we’re each free to debate and share our opinions.
Galtier “These painful experiences skilled by PSG should result in a worldwide reflection of the membership. »
Is there an apprenticeship to win the LDC?
Profitable the Champions shouldn’t be the sum of the affiliation of nice gamers or very costly footballers. After all, to win the Champions League, it’s a must to have nice gamers, however placing the ten greatest in a crew doesn’t win the Champions League.
It is fairly a course of. It’s by way of failure that we study. We analyze in order to not repeat the identical errors and search to enhance. These painful experiences that PSG have gone by way of should result in a worldwide reflection of the membership: we now have dedicated these human errors and subsequent 12 months we will be unable to repeat the identical ones. It’s the expertise when there’s a failure, as a result of the crew has the very best ambition, which is to win the Champions League.
Galtier “There are 10 groups which goal every season to win the Ligue des champions and just one succeeds. »
Are you below strain in case you are eradicated in CL?
I feel it is a mistake to assume like that. There are 10 groups that goal to win the Champions League each season and just one succeeds. After which, the 9 others who didn’t succeed, ought to their coaches be fired? No. It is very tough to win the Champions League. I am not attempting to guard myself, however the huge European golf equipment have this goal and it is not as a result of they do not win that it modifications all the things. From the second you’re feeling that the crew is heading in the right direction and also you assume that this competitors is irrational, you need to solely search to enhance your self to go additional within the subsequent one and have extra choices.
Galtier “The evaluation should be achieved on the every day work of a full season, and if this work places us heading in the right direction. »
However I insist, there are a number of examples. Atlético reached the ultimate twice and after they did not win the membership continued to imagine in Simeone and his sporting mission. The identical factor occurs with Pep Guardiola. They have not received but, however the membership nonetheless believes of their concepts. I feel it might be a mistake to vary PSG’s sporting mission if it would not win the Champions League. I feel it is a course of, clearly not 10 years, however what it should not be is that if we do not win this 12 months, we will change all the things!
At PSG, a sports activities mission was outlined with my arrival and that of Luis. A mission outlined by the president, and this nuance is essential. On the finish of the season there can be an evaluation. Nevertheless it won’t be that we’ll have been eradicated within the spherical of 16 in an unbelievable setting like Barcelona or Madrid. The evaluation should be achieved on the every day work of a full season, and if this work places us heading in the right direction. That is how it’s a must to analyze issues.