The whistles against him: "It never feels good... But that's the way it is, it's part of being a coach. My case is not the most important. I think the most important thing was to be champion, even if we end on a bad note and a very difficult second half of the season. But being a champion requires a lot of effort and sacrifice. I made sure to work a lot, that's normal, but also to stay the course in the most difficult moments. I just regret, in this evening, which was also an important evening of support for Sergio (Rico), his wife, his mother, his family and all his loved ones, we did not end with a victory. Then the fans were exemplary in supporting Sergio and the club did things right. I hope that this support will bring positive vibes for Sergio, who fights day after day. But my case... That remains my case. I can understand. I agree.
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I have nothing to do but accept because the second half of the season was very difficult. There is a big gap between the first and second part of the season, where we conceded seven defeats in the league (10 in all competitions, editor's note). That's a lot... After that, there are reasons. But I'm not going to talk about it today... I will discuss this with my management. But it is also the result of a very tough media tribunal, which I was able to discover by becoming the coach of PSG, from the start. When there were good times, the praise went to something else. When there were bad ones, lightning fell on me. But I finish this season with a lot of pride because of this title. With my staff, I am very happy that we are champions. After this season, I'm another man and another coach because I know what the media court is. It's part of the job when you're coach of a club like Paris Saint-Germain.»
Leo Messi has had a great season.
The whistles against Lionel Messi: "It's very hard. Like the season, there have been good periods, not so good ones... I don't know why (he was whistled). Maybe in a few days, in a few weeks, I will find an explanation or reasons to understand the treatment of Leo. I've said it throughout the season: Leo has always behaved well, like a great professional, he's the greatest player in the history of football. He has some interesting stats in a season where he's played a lot. With the addition of this World Cup in the middle. I find it surreal... We decipher his game all the time but Leo has been playing like this for 20 years. He has the art of dribbling, passing, goal... I insist: Leo worked throughout the season. There was the Leo of the first part of the season, then this World Cup won (with Argentina). People thought that Leo was going to rest, that he had only prepared for the World Cup. No, he had prepared for a great season. With this title of world champion, that of champion of France and best passer of Ligue 1. Leo had a great season. I hope that people, cold, will have a little more lucidity on what Leo has been able to bring this season to the team.»
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His future: "This morning, waking up very early, my phone vibrated a lot... I wondered what was going on. I read this info (his departure recorded by the management, Editor's note). I did not have an exchange with my president (Nasser Al-Khelaïfi), but I had an exchange with Luis Campos, concerning this "information". I was not told, confirmed or denied. I know that I will have an appointment, it's normal, with my management to take stock of the season and analyze it. Then we will see what the decision of the sports management will be.»
The higher you are, the stronger the blows.
The lessons of the season and the changes to be made: "The changes? I reserve my analyses for my management and the president. For the rest, any experience is rewarding. The job of coaching is difficult. When I arrived in Paris, someone told me this: "The higher you are, the stronger the blows". That's the way it is. But you have to accept the function. It is a very enriching experience. In a few days, in one or two weeks, I will do an analysis of myself. Did I do everything right? No, I didn't do everything right. But there are also things that have been done well and that are passed over in silence. It's part of this great exposure that there is when you are coach of PSG.»
Christophe Galtier and his staff were booed by part of the public of the Parc des Princes. FRANCK FIFE / AFP
His quick start after the trophy presentation: "I did the same thing when we were France champion with Lille in 2021. I think when the trophy is awarded, it belongs to the players. It is not shyness but perhaps modesty to let the players celebrate, sing together, shout together. The kiss (sent to the stand) was obviously addressed to my wife, who was present and who supported me enormously throughout the season. That moment of joy belonged to the players, but there's also what you don't see, in the dressing room. When we were champions, in Strasbourg, I was probably different...»
A regret? Post-World Cup management.
A regret about the season: "The post-World Cup management. There are things to analyze. It was after that that we had a lot of problems with the squad, injuries. It is on this that we must work and surely progress so as not to have such an air hole at a very important time for the life of the club.»
Remarks at a press conference