PSG. With Christophe Galtier and Luis Campos, Paris is finally moving on a one-way road


The appointment of Christophe Galtier as PSG coach on July 4 probably surprised many. In its unfulfilled quest for the Champions League, the Parisian club had rather accustomed its supporters to choosing high-sounding, flashy names. Like the Zinedine Zidane rumor, which circulated several days before seeing the former coach of Saint-Étienne, Lille and Nice land.

Quickly, doubts accompanied the choice of Ile-de-France leaders. In particular on his ability to manage a locker room full of stars, as is the case at PSG. “We were in the unknown compared to the Parisian groupunderlines Éric Rabesandratana, former defender of PSG and consultant for France Blue Paris. Managing a locker room like that of PSG is very different from Nice. »

Christophe Galtier’s PSG won the first title of the season, during the Champions Trophy, against FC Nantes. | PHOTO: RONEN ZVULUN / REUTERS

Luis Campos, a « determining » presence

Within a month, the graft seems to have taken. The smiles are present in training, the performance at the Champions Trophy, against FC Nantes (4-0), reassured. “He seems listened to and appreciated, it’s rather positive. But we will have to judge when there will be problems. Will the membership still be there when there are fewer results? »asks Rabesandratana.

Before arriving at this situation, Galtier can boast of having a strong ally within the club: Luis Campos. The Parisian sports director has already worked with the Marseillais (in Lille) and the two men are moving in the same direction. The presence of the Portuguese in Paris has also been « decisive » in the choice of Galtier, according to his terms.

“Christophe Galtier adapts to the players he has”

“The relationship between Campos and Galtier is very important, judge Eric Rabesandratana. They are on the same wavelength and it has never happened to PSG. Before Leonardo had his idea and the coach another. This harmony and having the leaders on his side is a strength for Galtier. »

What allow the latter to quickly put his paw on the workforce. If it has been difficult to know what the system and the typical team of PSG have been in recent years, the native of Marseilles has put things straight. No more four-man defense, place in a system with three centrals behind and offensive side.

« He adapts to what he has and the players will have a lot more fun since they will be playing in their position », further believes the consultant. What hope to see Paris finally take a step in the Champions League? “We also expect it there, but the Champions League is very random. And as Mbappé said, we must already win back the national titles… ”, concludes Rabesandratana. A first mission started on good foundations, with the Champions Trophy.

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