Galtier encense Mbappé et revient sur ses discussions avec Campos !


Christophe Galtier is a happy man. If he indicated that he had fulfilled a dream by joining PSG, the 55-year-old technician, still for Le Parisien, spoke of other subjects, in particular Kylian Mbappé or his close relationship with Luis Campos.

On Mbappe

“We are all waiting for Kylian’s return, me first. By deciding to stay at PSG, he sent a very strong signal, showed his desire to succeed and be among the first to win this magnificent trophy with Paris. Kylian is an in-dis-pen-sable element (he insists on every syllable) of PSG. Last season, he carried PSG in an incredible way. He will return to this naturally strong trio. I can’t wait to see what it will give.”

On the extension of Mbappé

“When he extended, I didn’t know that I would be coaching PSG. Above all, I was very happy for Ligue 1. As I have always been very happy to see the arrival of great players like Messi, Neymar, Ramos and others before them. It’s very good for Ligue 1, for PSG. And a few weeks later, I was obviously even happier with his choice (laughs).”

On the obligation to speak French

“I’m going to come back to the obligations because everything I hear annoys me a little! Me, at the level of the group, I only speak in French. That does not prevent me from asking my staff to translate certain things to avoid misunderstandings. But there is no obligation to speak French in the locker room. There are Argentinians, Portuguese, Spaniards… Why would they speak French to each other? I worked abroad. When I met a French-speaking person, I spoke French to him. These obligations are pure fantasy! I also heard that I forbade telephones at the table. That’s not true! I just ask to turn off the ringtones and not answer the table. But I’m not forbidding them to watch a football match live anyway or to receive an urgent call. In that case, they make a sign and isolate, there is no problem.”

On established rules

“We also established rules on time slots, on breakfast and common lunch. But there is no policeman to watch their every coming and going. (He thinks) It’s just the normality. We spend a lot of time together, in hotels or at the Camp des Loges, you just have to establish certain principles for it to be pleasant. The same goes for schedules: everyone has to be on time, otherwise it creates incidents that are likely to annoy. For the respect of people who are on time, I am on time, that’s the basis.”

If he expected 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 certain things… But I never thought I was going to end up in a brothel, ever! Except that here, I realize that everything is extrapolated! (He smiles, ironically) Yesterday (Monday) for example, I learned that Gana Gueye was in Liverpool for his medical examination when he had just finished the training with us. All that to say that I am convinced that you cannot have a great season if you are not dependent on a framework defined by the sports management, by the coach but also validated by the players. “

On hierarchies in the workforce

“The only hierarchy I have established is the choice of goalkeeper. It’s difficult for Keylor (Navas), but that’s the way I work, I didn’t want any ambiguity. I prefer to choose a number 1, after that it’s up to him to be efficient, knowing that he (Donnarumma) is pushed by a very great goalkeeper, with a great record. Regarding the captaincy, it was clear for me to continue with Marquinhos. For the vice-captains, I think more of a group of referent players, of “leaders” with different profiles, backgrounds and connections in the locker room. When I have decisions to make about group life or possibly a player who has gone out of the frame, I first talk to my managers about it.”

On his response to Campos

“I answer him: incredible, I’m in. There was no hesitation for a second. I made him repeat all the same, to be sure that he was talking to me about PSG. he had just told me about a big project. It was 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 announcing Luis Campos at Paris Saint-Germain. There, I say to myself, so that’s the project.”

If Campos is a “key” encounter in his career

“I had heard, when I was at Saint-Étienne, that Luis had one eye on me and another on Leo Jardim for the Monaco project. When I made the decision to stop after eight years at Saint -Étienne, I watched his arrival in Lille very carefully. I even remember asking Luis to meet him and show him my real desire to work with him. Would I be in Paris today if Luis didn’t wasn’t there? I don’t think so. We got to know each other, to work together with… (he mimics a roller coaster), like in a couple, in fact. Luis and I are complementary, and when a of us both intervenes in the area of ​​competence of the other, he does it with great respect.”

On their way of working

“Luis defines, with the president, the sports policy that the club wants to put in place. There, I don’t intervene. With Luis and my staff, we quickly worked on the game model, the organization, for compared to the players who were going to stay. We thought about the best way to get them to play. And then there is all this work in which he excels, in particular the analysis of the players who must compose a squad to make the team the possible. When Luis talks to me about Vitinha, I have three or four flashes of him at Porto and he says to me: look, look. He knows how to analyze a player’s strengths very precisely, we talk a lot there above, on this puzzle that we have to do, and that is very difficult. He knows which profiles I want, in which sector, in relation to such animation and such organization, he looks for them, he unearths them, and me there is not a quarter of an hour in the day when I think of anything other than my group, training ent and the organization of the match. Everything around, departures, arrivals, discussions with agents, no! It’s not for me, and that’s what I want.”

On the market

“I am kept informed every day of the movements that there may be in the workforce. When we leave for a new project, when players have been there for some time, we want to renew, bring freshness and novelty. But I don’t know who will leave, how things will evolve. The transfer window is so complicated, so difficult that I can’t tell you what will happen. What was important was to double our pistons with the versatility of Nordi Mukiele. I’m not for doubling all the positions, I prefer to integrate our best young people. Sometimes, having versatility makes it possible to avoid doubling positions.”

On the “undesirables”

“Precisely, let’s talk about these players who are called undesirables. Do you realize this designation? We are talking about international players, players who can go to the World Cup. No, they are not undesirables! But there is a desire on the part of the management to change things, to have a renewal. And in this context, we cannot pile up the players each time a new coach arrives. In the end, that did sessions with 27, 28 elements. It’s difficult to work on, difficult for the entire squad, but even more so for those who are going to have a tiny amount of playing time. Believe me, on a human level, nothing was easy, but I wanted to be frank and direct and, with Luis, talk to the players quickly so that they had time to turn around, reflect on the situation and not be blamed, a few days of the end of the transfer window, of not having told them anything. Was I right or wrong? Only time will tell. But I am ‘s sure you can’t work properly with 28 outfield players in training, or with six or seven very unhappy players in a locker room.”

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