The Christophe Galtier managerial era at Paris Saint-Germain kicked off on Tuesday, as the club held an introductory press conference for the longtime French coach.
Galtier also spoke to PSG TV on the day about several matters regarding his upcoming managerial run with the reigning Ligue 1 champions. Among the topics that he touched on were his tactical plans for this season, as he noted that he is not planning to line up the side in the same way that he did while at OGC Nice or Lille OSC.
“We will automatically have to adapt our system of play to the squad that will be at my disposal, to the talented players that will make up that squad,” Galtier said. “We won’t be able to play, and I won’t make Paris Saint-Germain play in the same way as I have done with other sides in the past, whether it was at Nice recently, but also at Lille or Saint-Etienne.
“However, thanks to this experience, I know how to prepare for matches against Paris, and I will have to find other keys than the one I found when I was on the opposite side. Paris Saint-Germain is a team that has possession, that plays against deep-set defensive blocs, and you need both patience and the right balance to win the ball quickly and keep the opponent under pressure all the time.”
During his managerial tenures at OGC Nice and Lille, Galtier was well known for rolling out his sides under a conservative 4-4-2 setup, as his squads were often patient when defending and looked to make the most out of counter-attacking sequences.
Now at PSG, Galtier sure will have to decide on just which tactical system will fit best for his star-studded attacking group.