The talk around Paris Saint-Germain as of late has centered on the penalty controversy that stemmed from its recent Ligue 1 home fixture against Montpellier. After missing his first penalty kick in the match, Kylian Mbappe aspired to take the second attempt, but Neymar refused to let him do so.
Speaking during a pre-match press conference ahead of PSG’s Ligue 1 away clash against Lille OSC, manager Christophe Galtier provided some clarity on this penalty dilemma, where he noted that he did meet with the two to hash out this matter.
“There is no discomfort,” Galtier said. “We saw each other quickly, the next day to be precise, to iron out all that and to say what we had to say to each other. That’s why there is no discomfort. I confirm it with a lot of sincerity, we had a very pleasant week in the work where everyone worked to prepare the game against Lille.”
Galtier further added that the hierarchy for just who will take the penalty kicks for PSG hinges on which players are on the pitch.
“It can only evolve because it depends on who is on the field,” Galtier said. “For this game against Montpellier, there was a specific order: shooter number one Kylian and shooter number two Neymar. That’s what happened.
“After, there is the interpretation when you give an order, what happens when there is a second one? Nothing happened on the second penalty, it was very short, there was an exchange, a discussion between Ney and Kylian. From the moment Ney felt to shoot it, Kylian let it go.”
More so, Galtier did note that when it comes to penalty attempts, the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos are also options to take them.
It will be noteworthy to see on how this dilemma will play out over the remainder of the season.