PSG-Juventus: Behind the scenes of a successful premiere at the Parc des Princes

PSG-Juventus: Behind the scenes of a successful premiere at the Parc des Princes

The new PSG, Campos-Galtier version, began their Champions League campaign on Tuesday night against Juventus Turin. 2-1 victory where Paris shone first before trembling.

The atmosphere of the great evenings

The firework display at the corner of Auteuil heralded a great evening. When the anthem of the Champions sounds, the fans and the twenty-two actors have their eyes turned towards the stands reddened by smoke. This show should be sanctioned by UEFA but many will remember these images. On the ground, Paris successfully passed this first test.

First victory against Juventus in the European Cup. Inevitably, in the official gallery, the faces of the Parisians were smiling, happy to start this campaign in this way. On the other hand, the president of Juventus, Andrea Agnelli, did not have the head of the good morning. “He seemed elsewhere, like a lost lamb,” a witness tells us a few rows from the Italian. Nasser al-Khelaïfi went to congratulate the players in the locker room at the end of the match. A first victory to be confirmed. “We have to continue like this,” the PSG coach said in substance.

Neymar and Mbappé spoke again about the action of 51 in the relax

On the pitch, one man stood out and that is, of course, Kylian Mbappé. A double in his first two real situations. The PSG number 7, “difficult to stop” according to Massimiliano Allegri, confirmed his passion for this competition. He scored his 34th and 35th goals in the Champions League. The Barça striker even attempted a hat-trick in the 51st minute. Lionel Messi, well thrown deep, preferred to shoot hard while Neymar was left alone at the far post. The whole stadium saw it. With a half incredulous, half annoyed look, the Brazilian showed his frustration without increasing it. Him looking for his teammate to find the beginning of an explanation. Mbappé responded to him a few seconds later, with his hands, to tell him that he had not seen him. Christophe Galtier was questioned on this subject at a press conference: “I don’t know if Kylian sees Ney. I don’t have the right angle. Obviously this goal would have been synonymous with taking over. But we are starting this competition well”. .”

After the game, the coach will review the images to realize the obvious but without overwhelming the double scorer of the evening. Neymar and Kylian Mbappé returned to speak of the subject in a relaxed way. Without controversy. The Frenchman does not leave with the ball but with the trophy for the best player of the match.

Galtier, tense, solves the matter of the sand yacht

This is not the only controversy that he had to take out. Because Christophe Galtier had to deal all day with the famous matter of the “sand yacht”, the means of transport that he had used to joke about the not really ecological transport of PSG. A joke that did not sit well with public opinion and the political world, since reactions rained down all day, even the Prime Minister in the afternoon. Not ideal to prepare a game that could condition the continuation of Galtier’s Parisian adventure, who had yet to prove at this level, he who had never won in the Champions League.

In the upper echelons of PSG, we were waiting for the reaction of the former Lille coach after his ball of dough that had bothered a lot. Before the game, discussions were held to find out when was the best time to talk about this topic. Christophe Galtier finally decides to talk about it after the meeting. “It was a poor quality joke and not at the right time. Believe me, I am concerned about climate problems, the problems of our planet, ”he explains in the preamble to the pre-match press conference, even before the first question. wonders

This is the first communication error of someone who is usually very skillful in front of the media. Although he seemed a little tense before the match according to someone close to the locker room. He received the support of Luis Campos. The two men apparently exchanged before the game, during reconnaissance on the pitch. They then fell into each other’s arms as the final whistle sounded. That’s it, Christophe Galtier has won his first match in the most beautiful of European competitions.

By Fabrice Hawkins and Arthur Perrot

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