PSG's new boss Galtier demands the best of Mbappe, Neymar and Messi

Thu 04 August 2022 | 14:06

The former Lille and Nice boss, Christophe Galtier, replaced Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain’s dugout this summer as the club tries to turn things around to achieve their long-awaiting dream of winning the Champions League.

The new PSG coach,

Christophe Galtier

claims PSG's squad spirit is contagious and that is the key to getting the best out of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi this season, to end their Champions League glory drought.

Ahead of

Paris Saint-Germain

's travel to Clermont for their Ligue 1 opener on Saturday, Galtier couldn't be any happier as he has Mbappe returning from an injury.

"It's a pleasure to have Kylian Mbappe back for the first league game,"

said Galtier.

"He's been involved in our pre-season."

"In terms of our defensive set-up we have a collective desire and responsibility. Also, as individuals. There can be periods in matches where it is very tight and the team hasn't yet got on top of the opposition in terms of the scoreline or finding spaces.

"We want to be very focused on not letting the opposition affect our style of play. We have a priority as a team and as individuals.”



rattled in 28 goals in 35 games, with Neymar scoring only 13 goals in 22 outings. The former Barcelona captain


hit the back of the net just six times in 26 league appearances in his disappointing debut season.

"When you have team-mates making a big effort, of course, that is contagious, and it means the players around them want to make the same effort. So we need to make sure this is what happens.

"There might be moments in games where it is not going so well. The midfield and defense might need to accept that there can be periods of the game where, for whatever reason, these attackers might find it hard to get back, or that could also go for the wing-backs.

"We have to accept that we all have to defend together, but sometimes the players who might be involved in the first stage of recovery with our pressing game might not be in the right position. So we have to do everything we can to create time for them to get back into the right position in our defensive block."


Galtier continued, hailing the former Real Madrid captain

Sergio Ramos


"It is always good to have players like him, and they can bring their experience.

"Professionalism. That is what they bring to their teammates, and to me they also have experiences that I haven't had, so I can learn from that, and they might also have answers to questions that I am asking myself."



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