For a club like Paris Saint-Germain, expectations will always be high for the team to perform at a top-level. When the club is not deemed to be performing at such a level, criticism is bound to mount up against the club.
For one, PSG is already facing increasing pressure at this point in the season due to vast underperformances. The club holds a first place standing in Ligue 1 play but has already lost a trio of games. And in UEFA Champions League group stage play, PSG currently stands third place in its group and is in growing danger of possibly missing out on the knockout stage.
Lille OSC manager Christophe Galtier is not among those jumping onboard and bashing PSG for its early season struggles. Instead, he is voicing his displeasure at the criticism that PSG is now regularly facing. Galtier provided his thoughts to L’Equipe on the club’s hardships this season.
“There are criticisms today on the PSG which seem insane to me,” Galtier said. “We’re tough on them. They have been playing for a few weeks with a second team, which would be a good Ligue 1 team but which would not be champions. They perform well despite an incredible absentee list.
“It’s more difficult in C1 [Champions League] but when you have players like Mbappe and Neymar who are absent, it is normal for the team to perform less. Against Rennes, the team which plays the C1, a very, very diminished Paris manages to win 3-0 without shaking too much. I’m not here to defend Thomas [Tuchel] but it’s heavy, they have ten or eleven absent, with the sequence of matches.”
PSG has had to deal with adversity this season and will continue to do so. The pressure will remain on the team to meet expectations in all competitions.
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