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'I don't think Kylian overplayed': Galtier pleads not guilty over Mbappé injury


The Parisian coach took stock at a press conference this Friday, on the eve of the reception of Toulouse (Saturday at 5 p.m.), during the 22nd day of L1.

The use of Leo Messi in the absence of Kylian Mbappé

 : “

Automatically there were a lot of connections between Leo and Kylian, Leo and Ney, Ney and Kylian.

Due to the combined absences of Kylian and Ney, I have to organize the team around Leo, a bit like we did in Montpellier after Kylian's exit.

Simply, Leo will be in his register, always placed where he should be placed, in the area in which he likes to evolve.

Afterwards, it is up to the players around Leo, those who will replace Ney and Kylian in this series of matches, to raise their level of play, to be very available and to seize opportunities to play.

Tactical trial and error


It didn't take long.

At the start of the season, the way I wanted to see the team evolve with the players at my disposal and a full squad, it was very clear.

Over the matches, we were readable, there were certain points which I was not satisfied with a system which meant that we could suffer in certain sectors of the game. After Benfica, we changed organization to densify a little more the middle and have a different animation.

There have been good times there.

Sometimes, the sequences of matches create fatigue, suspensions, injuries.

As for the organization I had put in place against Reims, for various reasons, I realized that it couldn't do it in Ligue 1 with the players I have at my disposal.


is why we went to 4-4-2 diamond at half-time, an organization on which we had relied for some time since Benfica.

Am I fumbling?


I try to find other animations according to the sequences of matches, the players available.

I can tell you that we won't play flat 4-4-2 tomorrow (Saturday) because we paid to see.

I have to be constantly thinking and discussing with my players, who need benchmarks.

We see that they have more in 4-4-2 diamond or a system with three central defenders.

A system more satisfactory than the others?

There is especially one that gave me less satisfaction (smile).

But it depends on the state of form of certain players and those who are available.

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Kylian Mbappe


According to the examinations and the assessment made by our medical staff, he will be absent for about three weeks.

Did he play too much?

Was it preventable?

We are in a unique season, with a World Cup in the middle.

In many other clubs, those where there were a lot of internationals, there is fatigue and injuries.

Philosophically, I (used to) say that injuries are part of the job.

First of all, we are unhappy for Kylian.

He is a competitor, he wants to be present all the time.

In any case, you can't spend a season without having physical problems, it's part of the competition and of a season, even more in a club with international players who are in demand all the time, in club and in selection.

What is it'

was preventable?

We took a lot of precautions for Kylian's return.

I know that we are debating his return to the field just after the World Cup.

But after these two matches, he had 12-13 days of recovery, he gradually returned to matches where there was not a huge intensity in order to find rhythm and his bearings with the rest of the team.

This injury happened after a contact that caused poor support and muscle damage.

I don't think Kylian played too much.

Was it preventable?

From the moment you play, there is always an element of risk... I stayed on the fact that he made contact and that he had pain behind his knee, that it would be a hematoma.

Finally, it is a lesion.

Having reviewed the images, it



Lionel Messi's fine finish against Montpellier Hérault SC (1-3)

I am not at all bitter about the history of the transfer window.

Christophe Galtier

No rookie in the transfer window

 : “

Harder to digest with the wounds of the moment?

No, I don't have a digestive problem.

The transfer window is the transfer window, it's always difficult.

It's like that.

We will do with the squad I have at my disposal and it is a quality squad.

I also have quality young people arriving.

I am not at all bitter about the history of the transfer window.

We knew that there was perhaps the possibility of bringing in a player.

We knew the constraints.

The club did their best to bring in a player.

Unfortunately, it didn't happen for various reasons... You have to rely on the squad, which was efficient at times.

We arrive in a series of matches.

The young people are there.

They will exist in this sequence.

Obviously, these are important absences,

we are talking about Sergio Ramos, Kylian Mbappé or Marco, Neymar also for this match, not to mention Nordi and Kimpembe.

That's a lot of people.

But we are PSG.

We have a quality workforce and those who are not there are often replaced by very good players, often of international level.


The choice to have a smaller workforce than in recent years

 : “

We have no regrets.

There was the desire to reduce the squad and release some players who had been there for a while.

We had to renew our workforce.

There is also the reality of constraints.

We experienced them in the winter transfer window too... I have no regrets except that we were very close to having an additional player, we didn't get him, it's like That.


Leo knew how to take the game in hand (in Montpellier), he was a natural leader and the other players put themselves at his service.

Christophe Galtier

The combativeness and a team not like Galtier

 : "

It's not a lack of fighting spirit, it's that there are players who are in a different register than those I had before.

You have to organize the team.

I have players who are focused on the offensive animation, the penultimate pass, the pass and the goal.

It's up to me to organize around these players a team that is as coherent as possible, with the best relations, and a team capable of defending well too.

There are absences.

The team will have another face with the absences of Kylian and Ney but that's how it is.

Afterwards, I don't give up.

If you think the players don't put in the effort... I have a lot of players who put in the hard work.

And we have the creators.

There is Leo, who knew how to take the game in hand (in Montpellier),

with the absences and exits of Kylian and Sergio.

At the end of the first half and in the second half, he was a natural leader and the players went to Leo's service.

When Leo is at the service of the team, it is also necessary that the players who are around put themselves at the service of Leo.

It is an obligation.

It is in this sense that I congratulated everyone for having done the work they had to do and even a little more to get this victory which seemed complicated to obtain in Montpellier.


Comments collected during a press conference

Source: lefigaro

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