Christophe Galtier is taking over a Paris Saint-Germain squad that underperformed last season despite winning Ligue 1. After the 2021-22 season, several changes occurred, leading to the French tactician taking over for Mauricio Pochettini.
The 55-year-old manager won his first trophy with the capital club on Sunday, defeating FC Nantes in the Trophée des Champions. Afterward, Galtier spoke with Prime Video, where he was asked about handling a locker room of start players following a difficult season.
Following the elimination from the UEFA Champions League against Real Madrid, some players were heckled until the end of the campaign. Galtier discussed getting the squad on the right path since taking over the managerial position from Mauricio Pochettino.
“I just think they were very heckled last season when they were champions,” Galtier told the broadcast. “These are players that I have observed a lot, that I watch and with whom I exchange informally. There must be group and team dynamics. For the moment, on what we have done during the four, five weeks of work, things have gone well.”
“Afterwards, you have to let them express themselves; they have a lot of talent. We must always insist on the replacement to prevent this team from being cut in two. There are some things to improve, but overall I am satisfied with the preparation, satisfied with this victory at the Trophée des Champions, and satisfied with the state of mind.”
🎙 Christophe Galtier : « Il faut les laisser s’exprimer, ils ont beaucoup de talent, il y a encore certaines choses à améliorer, mais dans l’ensemble, je suis satisfait de l’état d’esprit. »#PSGFCN #TDC2022 pic.twitter.com/IqnZ9CMAYi
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PSG hopes to continue this preseason success into the regular season when Ligue 1 competition begins for the capital club this coming Saturday on the road at the Gabriel Montpied Stadium when they face off against Clermont Foot.