PSG: Galtier trapped by his Messi trio

PSG: Galtier trapped by his Messi trio


If Christophe Galtier has so much trouble finding the right formula at PSG, it is first of all because it is difficult to compose a balanced team with the inherent constraints of the position.

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Like his predecessors on the PSG bench, Christophe Galtier comes up against a real problem of team balance when building his animation with his three stars Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. It must be said that by accepting the mission in Paris, the Marseillais did not really have a choice. Although it is not officially written in his contract, Galtier must play the three sets when they are available.

“Galtier is not completely free, so…”

For Olivier Dall’Oglio, the former coach of Dijon, Brest and Montpellier, it is moreover this unique condition within the big clubs which turns out to be the biggest difficulty of the position. In any case, this is what the technician suggests in L’Equipe.

“Christophe Galtier is not in total freedom, so…. He is obliged to put the three when they are available (Neymar, Mbappé, Messi). He then composes the rest (…). Accumulating stars is all well and good, but is it viable? Or, we say to ourselves, like in other big European clubs, that in certain matches these three stars cannot all play together. At Bayern, a Thomas Müller is out, at Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti can out Vinicius. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it could be a solution (…) Christophe had a very defined game project, there it is more complicated. He knows that he does not have the same freedom as in Lille or Nice. But we feel that he tries things. He also tries to convince the three in front, even if it is not their game to defend”.

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