For Henry IV, “Paris was well worth a mass”. If Christophe Galtier does not have much to do with the former king of France and Navarre, he could divert the expression a little: “Paris is well worth forgetting about Marseille. » To be inducted new coach of Paris-Saint-Germain, Tuesday July 5, replacing the Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino, the child of the Marseille city assumes it: he has “put aside [ses] Marseilles origins”.
During his presentation press conference, Christophe Galtier laid the groundwork for his term as head of the capital club. The new manager didn’t seem to float in the grand coaching suit of France’s biggest club. After Saint-Etienne, Lille and Nice in 2021, the Marseille technician intends to impose his method in Paris: “Not a player will be above what the group and the position of the group must be. » And he repeated it: “If I have accepted these responsibilities, it is because I am capable of it. »
Alongside the president of the capital club, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, who finally wraps up more than a month of uncertainty after the announcement with great fanfare of the extension of Kylian Mbappé’s contract, Christophe Galtier presented his project. “There will be no compromise on the requirement and the work”warned the coach, who subsequently met his new players for a first training session.
After a year dominated by procrastination, and another elimination in the knockout stages of the Champions League, the Qatari president of PSG warned at the end of June: “In Paris, glitter is over. » Hardly “bling-bling” – he smiled at the mention of this word –, less a football theorist than some of his predecessors, Christophe Galtier is part of this – umpteenth – new wave at the club.
“Let this sum of talents become a team”
With him, the PSG ensures a leader of men, and hopes to be able to align all the Parisian stars. “We want to start something new. The objective will be to play better, to work harder, to play together, to be a team. He knows how to do that”insisted Al-Khelaïfi on Tuesday.
“The objective is not to teach them to play with the left foot or the head, but that this sum of talents becomes a team”confirmed Christophe Galtier, aware of taking a step forward in terms of general level by having to manage Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi, Neymar and others. “It’s a privilege to have a squad of this level. »
Tancé, even before being named, for the direct – and sometimes crude – style developed by his teams, Christophe Galtier knows he is expected. “Compared to what I was able to do in the clubs where I worked, there will be a different approach to the game. With such a squad, you also have to play well. I will have at my disposal very high level playersblew the coach. But it will not look like what I was able to do in my previous clubs. »
Renewing in the capital the partnership that had proven itself in Lille with Luis Campos, the club’s new director of football, the new coach intends to continue this momentum. “With Luis, we worked more than three years together, we did three transfer windows together and we were in contact every day.he specified. He knows what I expect from my team, what I want to see, and before leaving on each recruitment, we have always exchanged a lot on the system. »
Among Christophe Galtier’s expectations, a drastic reduction in the number of players is essential. “Players who don’t play are unhappy. We have to find the right squad size so that everyone can participate this season.”, he insisted. A refrain sung each off-season in the capital club, where departures remain rare, however.
Like all his predecessors, Christophe Galtier arrives on the Parisian bench with ambition. Many have broken their backs at the controls of this gleaming machine, aiming for the summits of Europe. “I’m not going to revolutionize the locker room”, concluded the new Parisian technician. If he manages to instill a spirit of revolt in his new troops, the Parisian fans should be satisfied.