Paris Saint Germain lost again in Ligue 1 last Sunday and already have two defeats in their last four league games. Coach Christophe Galtier and the club They directly indicated the attitude of the players after the World Cup in Qatar and announced measures to try to straighten the situation.
Since the return of the championship to France after the World Cup break, the Parisian team won Racing Strasbourg with a heartbreaking penalty (Neymar was sent off), lost to Lens (without Messi), beat Angers in the second leg of Leo and suffered a new fall, this time, against Rennes with all its stars (Messi, Neymar and Mbappé). Furthermore, he conceded five goals and scored the same amount in those four games.
“Awareness is needed. We can find a thousand excuses, but we have to understand that the World Cup is over”, commented Galtier angry at his team’s play. “We have ten days to work, we have two teams following us closely (Lens and Olympique de Marseille) with a good number of points,” he added.
The DT showed his frustration with the lack of ideas and the few situations generated by his team against Rennes. “I am particularly disappointed with our performance. We gave our rival many chances and, what’s worse, we didn’t create anything,” explained Galtier of his side, who are leading the way as soon as they finish the first leg but just three points clear of Lens and five on the Marseille Olympic. .
Galtier didn’t hesitate to mention specific plays and how some players didn’t perform as he expected, including Messi and Neymar. “If Leo goes down, we need to have a lot more landmarks up, which we don’t get. With Ney they went together to look for the ball in areas where there were already people.”
“There has never been any vertical game and it’s not just something of this game. We have to find the style again. At the moment there is a lack of verticality”, concluded the French coach, visibly angry with his squad and with the level of the players who have returned from Qatar in recent weeks.
What steps will Galtier take?
The French newspaper L’Equipe reported that the idea of the coach and his coaching staff is to recover the intensity and unify the group, since they find him dispersed. Because of this, It has been announced that players will be shown several videos of failed plays and the mistakes they made in them.
Also, they try to find more points of connection between the midfield and the forwards, as they consider it “The group has lost what made it strong in the first part of the season and it hasn’t shown a great deal of intensity these past two months.”
PSG’s next commitments and return to the Champions League
PSG will play a friendly in Saudi Arabia on Thursday and return to France to face Pays de Cassel in the French Cup and later Reims in Ligue 1. The Parisian’s big goal for several seasons is the Champions League, in which they will face Bayern Munich on Tuesday 14 February for the first leg of the round of 16.
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