Galtier on air travel: PSG annoyed by his attitude and that of Kylian Mbappé

It is a controversy that the management of PSG would have done well. On the eve of receiving Juventus from Turin at the Parc des Princes (9 p.m. this Tuesday) for its first Champions League match of the season, Christophe Galtier had to answer, at a press conference, a question about the movements of his team in private jets for short distances.

In a national context where many voices have been raised for a few weeks to ask for better supervision of the use of these polluting planes, and the day after the comment by Alain Krakovitch, director of TGV-Intercités who had scolded the PSG for having used the plane rather than the train to get to Nantes this weekend, the Parisian coach preferred to be ironic.

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« This morning, we discussed with the company with which we travel to find out if we could not travel by sand yacht.“, he launched all smiles, while Kylian Mbappé, present at his side, had burst out laughing listening to this question.

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An attitude and a response that does not pass with the management of PSG and which has sparked a lively controversy, especially on social networks. According to RMC Sport, the management of the capital club had very little taste for the humor of its trainer and was « deeply annoyed« by the attitude of his star player.

If an internal source at the club, quoted by RMC, indicates that the Parisian coach « takes the subject very seriously, like everyone at the club« , she explains that negotiations have already existed with the SNCF for several weeks for the organization of certain trips to Ligue 1 but that « for the time being, this means of transport does not respond favorably« to the criteria of the Parisian club.

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Not enough to calm the nascent controversy as PSG prepares to play its first big game of the season against Juventus. On social networks, the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra immediately reacted to this declaration by challenging the Paris SG coach: « Mr. Galtier, you have accustomed us to more relevant and more responsible answers – we talk about it ? @PSG_inside @CBaune #Sobriety #Mbappe #Galtier #psg #TGV », she tweeted.

It was then the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo who criticized the words of the coach of the reigning French champions. « No, but it’s okay to answer stuff like that ???? We wake up guys ??? Here is Paris @PSG_inside @PierreRabadan @egregoire @David_Belliard », wrote on his Twitter account the mayor of Paris.

On Friday, the anti-globalization association Attac pointed to the attitude of PSG player Lionel Messi, whose private jet has made 52 flights since June, « i.e. 1502 tonnes of CO2« . »That’s as much as a Frenchman in 150 years“, underlined the organization, also calling for regulating the use of private jets.

Now, the players and the Parisian management will have to concentrate on the field. This Tuesday evening, on behalf of the 1st day of the Champions League, the men of Christophe Galtier welcome Juventus Turin to the Parc des Princes. A first big test for an attractive Parisian team since the start of the season. And a reception which will thus require no travel for the Parisian players, whether by plane, train or even in a sand yacht.

Christophe Galtier (PSG) in Toulouse, August 31, 2022. / Ligue 1

Credit: Imago

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