It is a Christophe Galtier satisfied with the performance of PSG in Toulouse (3-0) who presented himself to the press on Wednesday at the end of the evening. The Parisian coach returned to the meeting, the mid-three test carried out in the last minutes, the balance of his team or the outings of Neymar and Lionel Messi before ending in the transfer window.
You ended up with a middle three. Is it a goal to be able to start a match like that?
“Yes, we finished at three. We have very few sessions to work on it but I wanted to do it. From there to start a match like that … We have a workforce for, over certain periods of the match. To hold the ball a little better, to avoid suffering while keeping a big base. At 2-0, the game seems like a game for many people, but the third goal is always important in these moments. You can concede situations, a goal, and against Toulouse, the match can change its appearance. It took a long time to set up with some problems of understanding in particular. »
You conceded quite a few chances. Is this an assumed imbalance or to be corrected in the future?
“I can’t tell you that I want to see my team unbalanced. We have a certain way of wanting to recover the ball which also exposes us. We play very high, so logically we have flaws. Philippe (Montanier), fine tactician that he is, studied them. To avoid this, you have to be more pressing on the ball carrier. As soon as we are not, there can be difficult situations. Danilo played left axial with a three-man defense. It took him a few minutes to find his bearings.”
Are you satisfied with the performance of the three in front (Neymar, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé)?
“We can only be satisfied when we see the game. Leo released two assists, there were goals from Ney’ and Kylian, it’s always important. There are a lot of relationships between them but also with Verratti and Vitinha, who get the ball out well. The way you get the ball out is important. That’s what we didn’t do against Monaco. We take risks, but we must insist on the work of our circles. This technical relationship must exist at the heart of the game.”
“The players are never happy to go out, that’s how it is, but it allows the workforce to live”
And yet Neymar and Messi came out during the match. Do they understand your choice?
“With the calendar, it’s an obligation. I have already talked about it with them. The players are never happy to go out, that’s how it is, but it allows the workforce to live. But from the moment they had a very good match, it was important to protect them, to get Ney out, who made two contacts and has a game that exposes him. It was also necessary to unload Leo on a physical level after the sequence of matches. »
Is it compulsory to recruit for PSG?
” It would be better. From the start and when I took office with the president and Luis (Campos), we identified the need to have another central defender from the moment we were playing in this system. We had identified the players and they are arriving gradually. 24 hours left. Will we have this additional central defender? I hope it would be better with the sequence of matches, fatigue, injuries. Will we have it? I don’t know, I don’t have information, I was left to prepare the team for the match. We will see what will happen in the night or the day tomorrow. Hoping that, yes, there is an additional central defender to perform throughout this first part of the season. »
Could this potential recruit be Milan Skriniar?
“I can’t answer you. It’s possible because the transfer window is still open, but I don’t know where the discussions are. I think you are better informed than me (laughs). Luis knows how I work in preparing for matches, I don’t want to be informed at all about what is going on. As long as the transfer window is still open, anything is possible. Whether it will be Milan or someone else, I don’t know. »