PSG - Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, un coup de poing sur la table en forme de vieille rengaine

PSG – Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, un coup de poing sur la table en forme de vieille rengaine

It’s not a sensational announcement, it’s more of an old refrain. Tuesday, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi wanted to send a message. Strong on paper. To the attention of its stars in particular. “Maybe we should also change our slogan… Dream Bigger is good but today, we must above all be realistic, we no longer want flashy, bling-bling, it’s the end of glitter “, warned the president of PSG in Le Parisien. The tone is set: a new impetus is wanted at the top of the club. A change of era, as the regulars of the Parc des Princes hope. But do you really have to believe it?

To start this new policy and while Zinedine Zidane was perceived as the dream track of the Qatari owners of the club, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi explained that the choice of the coach, Christophe Galtier except surprise, launched this new dynamic after a European campaign still disappointing. “We chose another option (note: only Zidane). We have chosen a coach who will be the best for what we want to put in place“, Slipped “NAK”. This may give the impression that the 48-year-old leader is banging his fist on the table. That he is putting the PSG institution back in its place, as many supporters dream of.

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The well-known discourse on the institution

The concern is that this is not the first time that he has stepped up to the plate in this way. It has even become a sweet refrain for Nasser Al-Khelaïfi when it comes to taking stock of the end of the year and planning for the future. There is thus no need to go back very far to find a first example of this “habit” of Nasser. Just one year is enough. In June 2021, the Parisian boss, questioned about the situation of Kylian Mbappé, took the opportunity to step up to the plate on the profile of the players and especially their mentality in L’Equipe by making the link with the image of PSG: “The club is above any player, whoever he is. We want players who fight, who give their all, who want to stay hereI.”

Does it remind you of anything? The words are different but the idea remains the same because the evils are identical. And it’s ancient history now in Paris. Let’s now go back to May 2020. At that time, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi was already using the same lexical field in France Football: “At Paris Saint-Germain, we place the institution above everything and everyone. Those who work at PSG already know this and those who join us in the future will do so knowingly.” But this was again the first time that the Parisian boss went on this ground.

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Even in 2016…

This outing on the institution thus came a year after an interview already at FF where Nasser Al-Khelaïfi had raised his voice to point out the attitude of the Parisian group, after a disappointing season marked by an exit from the road in the round of 16. in the Champions League against Manchester United. “The players will have to assume their responsibilities even more than before. They will have to do more, work more. They are not here to have fun. And if they don’t agree, the doors are open. Ciao! I don’t want to have star behavior anymores”, had thundered the president of PSG, while Leonardo had made his return a few days before and that several observers had denounced in recent months the status granted to Neymar in particular. And it was still not a first attempt for the Parisian president.

One of Nasser Al-Khelaïfi’s first warning shots actually dates back to 2016. Despite the national quadruple, elimination against Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League remained in the boss’ throat. PSG. And with the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it was time in his eyes to consider a turn and “big changes” in the Parisian project with the ambition, according to him, of launching “a new cycle”. “It won’t be easy for everyone, but it’s time for a change. After five years, a new cycle must be relaunched. We dream big, I’ve said it since I arrived, we want to win the Champions League and I won’t give up. We are going to recruit players who will bring even more to the team. At the beginning, we needed players to develop our image. Today, thanks to them, PSG is known all over the world“, had slipped to the Parisian in June 2016, Al-Khelaïfi a few days before the departure of Laurent Blanc.

In June, history is therefore often a perpetual restart in Paris. And it is not sure that this makes the boss’s speech very audible to the ears of his players.

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