Christophe Galtier is a happy man. If he shows that he has fulfilled a dream by joining PSG, the 55-year-old technician, still for Le Parisien, talks about other topics, especially Kylian Mbappé or his close relationship with Luis Campos.
“We are all waiting for the return of Kylian, me first. By deciding to stay at PSG, he sent a very strong signal, showing his desire to succeed and be one of the first to win this beautiful trophy with Paris . Kylian is an in-dis -pen-sable element (he forces every syllable) in PSG. Last season, he brought PSG in a unique way. He will return to this naturally strong trio. I can’t wait to see what it has to offer.”
In the extension of Mbappé
“When he extended, I didn’t know that I would coach PSG. Above all, I am very happy in Ligue 1. Because I am always very happy to see the arrival of great players like Messi, Neymar, Ramos and others. in front of them. It is very good for Ligue 1, for PSG. And a few weeks later, I am obviously more happy with his choice (laughs).
On the obligation to speak French
“I will return to the obligations because everything I hear annoys me a little! I, at the group level, I only speak French. That does not prevent me from asking my staff to translate some things to avoid misunderstanding. But there is no obligation to speak French in the locker room. There are Argentinian, Portuguese, Spanish… Why do they speak French to each other? I work abroad. When I met someone who speaking French, I spoke to him. These obligations are pure fantasy! I also heard that I forbid phones at the table. That’s not true! I just asked to turn off the ringtones and not answer the table. But I didn’t they are forbidden to watch a live football game or to receive an urgent call. In that case, they make a sign and separate, no problem.”
In established rules
“We have also established rules for time slots, for breakfast and common lunch. But there is no police watching their every coming and going. (He thought) It’s normal. Camp des Loges, we just have to build you have some principles to make it fun. The same goes for schedules: everything has to be on time, otherwise it creates incidents that are likely to be annoying. Out of respect for people who are on time, I’m on time, that’s the basis.”
If he expects to see a group where everyone does what they want
“Not at all. Last year, even though I was focused on OGC Nice, I heard some things… But I never thought that I would end up in a brothel, ever! (He smiled, ironically) Yesterday (Monday) for example, I found out that Gana Gueye was in Liverpool for his medical examination when he just finished training with us. All that to say that I am convinced that you cannot have a season if you are not confident in a framework defined by sports management, by the coach but also validated by the players.
In workforce hierarchies
“The only hierarchy I have established is the choice of the goalkeeper. It is difficult for Keylor (Navas), but that is the way I work, I do not want any ambiguity. I prefer to choose a number 1, after it’s up to him. to be efficient, knowing that he (Donnarumma) is pushed by a very good goalkeeper, who has a good record. Regarding the captaincy, it’s clear for me to continue with Marquinhos. For vice-captains, I think more of a group of referent players, of “leaders” with different profiles, backgrounds and connections in the locker room. If I have decisions to make about the life of the group or possibly being a player who is no longer in the frame, I spoke to my managers about it first.”
In his answer to Campos
“I answered him: unbelievable, I’m there. There was no doubt for a second. I sent him back all the same, to make sure he talked to me about PSG. He told me about a big project . Before the last day of the championship, when I was in a decisive match to ensure that OGC Nice finished 5th or better, that I received the alert informing Luis Campos of Paris Saint-Germain . There, I said to myself, that’s the project.”
If Campos is a “key” meeting in his career
“I heard, when I was at Saint-Étienne, that Luis had one eye on me and the other on Leo Jardim for the Monaco project. Lille very much. I even remember asking Luis to meet him and show him my true desire to work with him. Would I be in Paris today without Luis? I don’t think so. We know each other, to work together with… (he imitates a roller coaster), like of a couple, actually. Luis and I, we help each other, and when one of us both intervenes in the area of the other’s competence. , he does it with great respect.”
In their way of working
“Luis explained, together with the president, the sports policy that the club wants to put in place. There, I will not intervene. With Luis and my staff, we are working quickly on the game model, the organization, compared to those player. who will stay. We think about the best way for them to play. And then there is all this work where he excels, especially analyzing the players who have to make a squad to make the team that is possible. When Luis talked to me about Vitinha, I had three or four flashes of him in Porto and he said to me: look, look. He knows how to analyze those strength of a player who is very precise, we talked a lot up there, in this puzzle that we have. to do, and that is very difficult. He knows which profiles I want, in which sector, which in relation to such animation and ingo n organization, he looks for it, he digs it, and I don’t have a quarter of an hour of the day that I think about anything but my group, training ent and the organization of the game. All around, departure, arrival, discussion with agents, no! It’s not for me, and that’s what I want.”
In the transfer window
“I am always informed every day of the movements that may be in the workforce. When we leave for a new project, when the players have been there for some time, we want to change , will bring innovation and innovation. But I don’t know who will leave, how things will develop. The transfer window is very complicated, very difficult that I can’t tell you what will happen . The important thing is to double our pistons with the versatility of Nordi Mukiele. I am not for doubling all positions, I prefer to integrate our best young people. Sometimes, having versatility makes it possible to avoid duplication of positions.”
In “don’t like”
“Precisely, we are talking about these players who are called unwanted. Do you realize this calling? We are talking about international players, players who can go to the World Cup. No, they are not unwanted! But there is a desire to about management to change things, with a change. And in this context, we cannot gather the players every time a new coach comes. In the end, that makes in sessions with 27, 28 elements. It’s hard to work, it’s hard for the whole squad, but even more so for those who have a small amount of playing time. Believe me, on a human level, nothing is easy, but I want to be frank and direct and, with Luis, talk to the players quickly so that they have time to look back, reflect on the situation and not blame, a few days at the end of the transfer window, without telling them even what. Am I right or wrong ? Only time will tell. But I’m sure you can’t work properly with 28 outfield players in training, or with six or seven unhappy players in a locker room.