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OM-PSG: "Do not get carried away by bad gestures", Christophe Galtier warns his players


The Parisian coach was at a press conference on Tuesday before the shock of the knockout stages of the Coupe de France on Wednesday in Marseille.

The PSG calendar is experiencing a big boost this Wednesday with a trip to Marseille as part of the knockout stages of the Coupe de France.

The Parisian coach is waiting for his team to raise their level of play and be up to the event for this Clasico which promises to be particularly hot.

He also spoke about the management of goalkeepers and gave news of Neymar, ready to play against OM.

How do you experience this trip to the Vélodrome as a man who grew up in Marseille and who played for Olympique de Marseille?


When I arrived at PSG, I knew that there would be matches in Marseille, we will go there twice in no time.

I totally ignore that I was born in Marseille, that I played for OM.

I am a PSG coach, I know what these matches represent.

It's not a classic round of 16.

I ignore all that.

I made sure to close all the arrivals that there could be on my laptop and on the family plan to stay focused on the match and to seek qualification.

Can you give us any news of the injured?

Renato will be unavailable, he is the victim of an injury (Editor's note: hamstrings on the left thigh).

He will have a few weeks off.

Neymar is available, Verratti and Ramos are too.

Mukiele has not trained yet.

Kimpembe is not very far from joining the group and being operational.

Are you entering the most exciting month of your career?

Yes we can see it like that!

It is a very exciting month.

I have known very compact periods, but when you are the coach of PSG, you are with great exposure, there is an obligation of result.

I am not under pressure.

It's true that there will be a lot of issues, a lot of expectations.

What words did you say to your players before playing the previous Classic?

You know, we have a lot of players who have had these kinds of games, Classics, big games with so much exposure, opponents who will try to put pressure on you.

We will have to raise our level of play, be good on a technical level.

And have this ability to play on the pressure of the opponent.

It's a team that presses, that hunts everywhere, we will have to resist this pressure and have the ball at our feet.

How important is managing emotions to you?

The management of emotion comes with experience, the fact that we have been able to play matches of this type.

I very often remind my players that it's first and foremost an 11 against 11 match, we're not playing against 60,000 spectators.

I tell them very often that they have to finish at eleven and not get carried away by bad gestures or groupings because it's the match of the year for a lot of people.

You have to have lucidity and a cool head.

Everyone must play with their own qualities.

Who from Gianluigi Donnarumma or Sergio Rico will start on Wednesday as starter?

I will not give you the name of the name of the goalkeeper who will start but my goalkeepers are aware of who it will be.

Is Donnarumma released from competition after Navas leaves on loan?

No, he didn't need to be more liberated, things were very clear about the hierarchy.

If I told you he's released, that would mean Keylor didn't do the job well.

He behaved very well.

He wanted to leave to play, he did not accept the situation.

The behavior was exemplary, there were never any problems between them.

Rico became number 2. Gigio was always happy in the locker room and on the pitch.

How do you judge the development of Zaire-Emery?

He is a young boy, he has a certain maturity.

It seemed important to me after the Reims episode (Editor's note: he was involved in the opposing goal) that he quickly regain his feelings, that's why he came back against Montpellier.

He is a very attentive, observant player.

He has a personality that leads him to take initiatives.

Against Montpellier, another player would surely have tried to make the pass, went for the goal with great determination.

He is very, very close to the level of our confirmed midfielders.

What form is Neymar in?

Since his return from the World Cup, he has been working on his ankle every day, on strengthening, more so that his ankle is solid, more stable.

He was spared after the Reims match, he had felt great discomfort in the adductor.

He had wanted to go as far as possible.

There was a precautionary principle on the matches that followed.

But there the feelings are very good, he did a full session today.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2023-02-07

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