What will Galtier’s PSG look like?
PAris Saint-Germain has finally landed his new coach as a Christophe Galtier signed for the next two seasons, replacing Mauricio Pochettino.
The French coach takes over after leaving Nice, the club he joined last summer after winning the Ligue 1 title with Lille. His goal will be to finally lead the Parisian giants to Champions League glory.
Zidane and Luis Campos
President of PSG Nasser al-Khelaifi told MARCA that the team never made contact with Zinedine Zidane.
“He’s a person I liked a lot as a player and I like him as a coach,” he said. “But we never spoke to him, directly or indirectly.”
Once PochettinoPSG’s departure has been confirmed, with new PSG football adviser Luis Campos making Galtier his priority after spending three seasons with him at Lille. They will now work together at the Parc des Princes.
A new PSG with Mbappé at the helm
The French boss takes over a team that won its 10th Ligue 1 title, but lost the Champions Trophyand made early exits from the French Cup and the Champions League.
Mbappe, who signed until 2025, is now the frontrunner with the likes of Leo Messi, Neymar, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Marquinhos and Marco Verratti always present, but Angel Di Maria faded away. As for things at club level, Leonardo left with Campos replacing him.
Objectives for the transfer market and the season
The team paid 38 million euros to Sporting Lisbon for Nuno Mendes41.5 million for Vitinha de Porto and well received Pablo Sarabia, Kalimuendo and Rafinha of the loan. names like Alphonse Areola, Xavi Simons, Marcin Bulka and Di Maria are gone, while Neymar’s future remains uncertain.
PSG have been linked with a move to Inter Milan Skriniar for the backline, as the team focused on a Champions League run. They will hope Galtier can take them there, having reached the final and semi-finals in 2019/20 and 2020/21 respectively.
Success in Saint-Etienne, Lille and Nice
PSG will be Galtier’s fourth team, as the former defender coached Saint-Etienne from 2009 to 2017. He brought them back to Europe and helped them win their first trophy in 32 years by winning the Coupe de la Ligue in 2012/13.
From there he joined Lille, where he followed a similar pattern: avoiding relegation, qualifying for Europe and then a title. However, this time the prize was much bigger, as he won Ligue 1 by knocking out mighty PSG in 2021.
He then left for Nice, where he finished vice-champion of France and narrowly missed qualifying for the Champions League.
The sworn enemy of PSG
They have nightmares about Galtier in Paris because he has a knack for beating PSG. He has played four games in a row without conceding or losing to the French giants.
How are his teams?
Galtier’s favorite formation is 4-4-2, which is different from other French teams. Rather than focusing on speed, attacking pressure and quick transitions, his teams organize themselves in such a way as to prevent the opposition from running for the ball with a perfectly coordinated press. They then protect themselves defensively after losing the ball.
However his PSG will be more proactive given the quality of the team.
“I want to see intensity, pressure. I haven’t spoken to the team yet, but you win more often when you play well,” he said during his presentation. “Compared to my previous clubs, there will be a different approach.”
Last tango on the Parisian bench
Coaches are not safe at PSG. Since 2011, the club has had seven coaches, including Galtier. Kombouaré, Ancelotti, Blanc, Emery, Tuchel and Pochettino were unable to lead the star-studded team which often has a volcanic dressing room.
“No one is above the club,” he said. “If a player does not want to respect the rules in place, he has no place here.”