« Au PSG, après la révolution de palais, une révolution des mentalités ? »

« Au PSG, après la révolution de palais, une révolution des mentalités ? »

“Are you defending yourself now? » By challenging Neymar like this from the 3rdme minute of the Champions Trophy between FC Nantes and Paris-Saint-Germain, Sunday July 31, Antoine Kombouaré, the Nantes coach, summed up the guideline imposed by (or to) his Parisian counterpart, Christophe Galtier.

It is tempting to see in the Brazilian star’s efforts the first signs of the resumption of squad control, announced by President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi in June in the parisian : “We don’t want ostentation anymore, bling-bling, it’s the end of glitter. »

New rules have been enacted: sending home a player who is late for training, mandatory collective breakfast and lunch, no mobile phones at the table, etc. No more privileges and dilettantism, priority for the collective and the discipline: Christophe Galtier must embody the turning point of rigor.

the weight of the stars

Unfortunately, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi has already delivered this speech many times. June 2016: “In the beginning, we needed players to develop our image. Today, (…) players who eat grass, willing to die for the club and for this shirt. » June 2019: “I no longer want to see the behavior of the stars. »

This correct diagnosis of the club’s ills is not, indeed, new: a priority given to international commercial development through prestigious contracts, but to the detriment of sports policy. Last season was thus marked by the phenomenal media impact of the hiring of Lionel Messi… and by his inversely proportional sports performance. Or because of the disastrous competition between the two goalkeepers, Keylor Navas and Gianluigi Donnarumma. And, above all, for another painful elimination in the Champions League.

The president of PSG asks the sports management to correct their own mistakes, to demand that the stars do not behave like this. the “soccer advisor”, Luis Campos, took over from the sports director, Leonardo, called in 2019 in order to… recover discipline. After the palace revolution, a revolution in mentalities?

To regain control of the club over its players, Christophe Galtier, a coach with very little “brightness”, leaves with the handicap of a fragile status: that of a good local coach, without international notoriety, without much experience in European competitions or management big egos.

The transplants of attractive foreign coaches having aroused bitter rejections in Marseille (Jorge Sampaoli), Bordeaux (Vladimir Petkovic) or Lyon (Peter Bosz), this bet may have relevance. But, with a modest track record (Coupe de la Ligue 2013 and French championship 2021), will Christophe Galtier be able to escape comparison with more prestigious colleagues?

Lack of a “great coach”

It is hard to imagine that he will have more support than his predecessors in the event of disappointing results or disavowal by the executive players… Unai Emery and Thomas Tuchel, crushed, had ended up giving up their game ideas, and Mauricio Pochettino was content to make extras.

Since Carlo Ancelotti (2011-2013), who lamented a lack of consideration on the part of its leaders, PSG has not known a “great coach” with unquestionable authority -before the players, the media and the fans-. Those of Pep Guardiola do not run through the streets, nor those of Paris in any case.

So the distribution changes, but sports policy? The squad, despite the desire to rebalance it since last summer, is still swollen and galactic. Kylian Mbappé has even reinforced his power there, Messi should stay and Neymar not leave.

Christophe Galtier will not only need the skill to establish his power, but also some tactical science to find the right formula, especially as he is also being asked to favor a more spectacular style of play, as opposed to more defensive personal software.

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And given that he will play out his season in some bloody Champions League games, he will need a bit of success too, as he hopes the promised recovery heals PSG’s frigid mind at crucial moments.

The new coach seems to have abandoned his reassuring 4-4-2 for a 3-4-2-1 which means consolidating the base of the team without reducing its offensive power. This diagram suggests that leaving one of the three stars on the bench at kick-off is excluded. Why not: if Neymar defends, now…

Christophe Galtier’s contract finally approved by the French Football Federation

The French Football Federation (FFF), which had required the new Paris SG coach Christophe Galtier to resolve the imperatives of ” continuous training “ to allow the validation of his contract, he finally approved it, he told AFP on Saturday, August 6.
At its meeting on July 28, the Federal Commission of Football Educators and Coaches decided to express its opinion “in deliberation” on the approval of Christophe Galtier’s contract. The committee asked him to “approach the National Technical Director (DTN) regarding their continuing education obligations”. Since then, the coach has taken the necessary steps by sending a letter to the national technical director, who finally decided to approve his contract.

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