As before going for a dip in this season of extreme heat, you should wet your neck on Sunday night before witnessing the first convincing success of the PSG version of Galtier, during the Champions Trophy, against Nantes. Because the difference in the kind of shapeless thing that dragged his old corpse throughout the 2021-2022 season under the orders of Mauricio Pochettino is cruel. After his 4-0 victory, the new Paris boss also wanted to pay tribute to his Argentinian predecessor: “When we are there, because the group is champion with a coach that I have a close eye on, about it. trophy belongs to Mauricio”.
We do not hesitate for a moment in the sincerity of the former Lille about “Poché” but we allow ourselves to be a little nuanced, although we agree on one point: we must return Mauricio if what is in mauritius. If this new PSG has won over all the supporters and followers of the Rouge et Bleu, it is also because it has been more than a year and a half since we had little or no pleasure to watch a match in Parisians.
Day and night with the Pochettino team
For an hour and a half, we saw almost everything we expected from Paris Saint-Germain when the former Tottenham manager arrived on the bench in January 2021. Starting in a defensive three, the No. 1 Galtier’s system as announced in his time. induction press conference in July, but also, pell-mell, the contribution of Hakimi and Nuno Mendes pistons on the sides, the permanent movement, repetition of passes, complexity and intense pressure when the ball is lost in the attack of the player. That also makes Antoine Kombouaré laugh during the game. A bit of a lodger, the Nantes coach launched a nice “So, you’re defending now?” towards Neymar after a good job of pulling back from the Brazilian by a Nantes player.
In a press conference, Christophe Galtier said he appreciated what he saw on Sunday, confirmation of the good preparation of the Parisians during their tour of Japan. “I like the way the team expresses itself, with always this desire to attack, to have control of the game and also this desire to recover the ball as soon as possible, he stated. . Two situation we had, we had a lot of chances. There are things that still need to be improved but I am very satisfied that we scored four goals. This is an important success to start a season, we must not take those things for granted victory, the trophies. »
Let’s not ignore the performance of the Messi-Neymar duo either, light years from what they did together last season. The return seems to have a real purpose to make people forget the bad 2021 vintage, the two Barça friends lit up the match at all levels and each scored a beautiful goal, Messi Lafont dribbled with his fingers on his nose, the Ney by depositing a cake on. a free kick in the skylight of the Nantes goalkeeper.
An atmosphere found within the group
After the match, captain Marquinhos insisted on emphasizing Galtier’s importance in PSG’s great success. “It shows on the pitch now. He [Messi] very comfortable in the position he wanted. I think the coach managed to bring out the best in the players today, it was seen in the performance of everyone, Ney, Messi. »
Beyond the pure sporting aspect, perhaps the general attitude of the Parisians is different from last season. Throughout the night, just like the Japanese tour in July, we saw a group that was smiling, united and visibly living happily together. The little bull improvised the other day during the last training, with the hilarious Parisians, holding hands in pairs, summing up this new trend.
If some see this as a small and somewhat “predictive” detail, make no mistake: when they arrived in Paris, Galtier and his staff specifically pointed out the lack of unity and conspiracy among the Parisians, which is used under Pochettino to live in families, as one of the reasons for the team’s failures on the pitch. In particular, by forcing the players to have breakfast and lunch together, all without mobile phones, the Galtier-Campos duo wants to encourage discussions at the table and maintain the good atmosphere seen in the recent group weeks.
So far, the first steps seem to be bearing fruit and seeing an extension to the land. Always clear when it comes to analyzing his team’s heart, Antoine Kombouaré was not wrong after the defeat: “We saw a very disciplined team, a team with players who work for the collective. If we lose they are on the ball, they can press high. We see a lot of innovation in this team and when we see happy players on the pitch, they are efficient. It is clear that this is not the same PSG that we saw last season . »