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Champions League: "With a lot of concentration and determination, you can be very dangerous", notes Galtier before Benfica-PSG


The Parisian coach answered questions from the press on the eve of the duel against Benfica in Lisbon.

Benfica as the main rival in this Champions League group

 : “

If I expected it?

From his start to the season in the league, yes.

It's a team that has been undefeated since the start of the season and that it is very interesting to watch play, very well organized, with individual quality but also significant collective strength.

Over the matches and since we discovered the draw, we have been following this team and I am not surprised that it is at this level.

Today, Benfica can claim to be a favorite of this group, of course.


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The keys to the match

: “

What we will have to do to perform well and beat Benfica is to have the ability to play under pressure.

We will face a team that will rush us, often pick us up, it's in the DNA of the club and its coach (the German Roger Schmidt, editor's note).

They put enormous pressure on the first reminders.

It will be necessary to be able to play under pressure so as not to clear, throw the ball and to be much more effective than we have been lately on an offensive level.


Marco Verratti

 : “

He has 90 minutes in his legs.

He played a lot even if he often left during the match when the score was acquired.

He is ready, he has no problem physically.

He didn't play last weekend too because he was suspended.


First big away test in C1

 : "

It's you, the journalists, who are announcing that it's a first big test, but I think the match against Juve was an important test too (2-1 victory in Paris , 1st day, Ed).

Benfica are undefeated, full of confidence, there will be an extraordinary atmosphere, this stadium is growing very hard, but I have players who have a lot of experience and experience.

Will we be able to play and play well under the pressure of the public and the pressure exerted by our opponents on the pitch, I think we have the qualities.

With a lot of focus and determination, I think you can be very dangerous too.


Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes

 : “

Our system, our animation, our model makes the pistons very important.

We can analyze that it leans to the left, on Nuno's side, we are working on it, we need to have more variety and that Hakimi has more support on the right, inside the game in order to be able to combine.

This is why in the animation of our two or even three circles, we insist on the idea of ​​providing support to Hakimi and not simply looking for him in depth.

But I am very happy with the two pistons that have legs and center quality.

They look a little worse?

Opponents work a lot to upset us too.

We insist on using them in the construction of low ball output but also on the offensive level, in the last 30 meters.


The Portuguese from PSG (Danilo, Mendes, Vitinha, Renato)

 : “

I've been working with a lot of Portuguese for quite a few seasons.

I discovered the methodology, the way of doing things, this open-mindedness when I arrived in Lille with Luis Campos, a staff made up of Portuguese and the players.

I have my bearings on that.

What do they bring us on a daily basis?

Lots of noise (smile).

They are very endearing boys but who talk, who like to talk (smile).

Above all, they are great professionals and good players.

Portuguese football produces players of an incredible level.

Since I have been a coach, in recruitment, we have watched the Portuguese championship a lot, we see that they always bring out talents season after season, it is that there is real know-how.

They are mostly very professional and respectful boys.


Two attackers and a support player in front

 : “

We played like that in preparation and in certain matches.

It's linked to the way the opponent takes the ball out and how we want to thwart the first outs.

It has advantages against certain organizations, but also disadvantages because when we are eliminated, it isolates our circles.

It's always depending on how the opponent animates his first ball outs.


Statements taken at a press conference

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2022-10-04

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