During Paris Saint-Germain’s 4-3 comeback win over Lille OSC on Sunday at the Parc des Princes, sporting advisor Luis Campos made his way down to the pitch, where he reportedly shouted instructions to the players and argued with the fourth official.
While there was plenty of criticism toward Campos for his actions, RMC Sport pundit Jérôme Rothen saw efforts down on the pitch in a positive light. Rothen believes that Campos did not exceed his duties insofar as he did not replace the coach.
“Campos did not want to be a coach at all; it is not the object of his descent to the edge of the field,” Rothen said on RMC Sport Monday. “When you have a very important role in a club like PSG, you have to be passionate, invested, and show some responsiveness at times when something escapes you. I know full well why he went down specifically during this match against Lille. The refereeing on this match was not necessarily in favor of the Parisians …
“It’s his role, yes or no. There are sports directors who prefer to follow the match in the stands calmly. There is tension at the club, [and] there is a duty of results which also concerns him, he thought it was time to come down to show his character … But Of course, Leonardo, he didn’t want to go down the stairs. He preferred to take his check and stay next to the prince or the president, but you shouldn’t get your shirt wet. There we can’t say that Luis Campos doesn’t wet his shirt. He showed that he defends the club, the players, the coach.”
It will be interesting to see what Campos decides to do with manager Christophe Galtier, with who he had a relationship before the two arrived in the French capital. Rumors of a possible return of Thomas Tuchel are also beginning to heat up.
PSG’s performance on March 8 might influence whether Galtier remains or not. But, in the end, it’s the UEFA Champions League that determines whether or not a manager stays.