Mon 16 January 2023 | 8:59

"We can find a thousand excuses, but the World Cup is over", says PSG manager Galtier

PSG manager Christophe Galtier urged his World Cup stars to find their focus again after a 1-0 defeat to Rennes.

Paris Saint-Germain

suffered its second defeat in the league against Rennes on Sunday. PSG has 47 points after 19 matches and is three points clear of the second placed Lens.

Galtier told Prime Video:

"I'm mainly disappointed with our performance. We didn't create anything, we had very few favourable situations.

"We focused on having possession of the ball and we had far too many players who dropped back without having players high enough to secure the Rennes defensive line.


Following the World Cup final,

Lionel Messi


Kylian Mbappe

played for the first time alongside each other but PSG had only eight attempts on goal and only one of them was on target.

"Obviously we're going to have to find a lot more play and connection between the lines,"

he said.

"We knew we would have a difficult match, and we had it. The opposing goalkeeper was barely troubled. We need to find a lot more rhythm, intensity and technical relationship between one another.

"I'm not going to talk about worry, but there has to be awareness. We can find a thousand excuses, but the World Cup is over.

"Even if we have been dispersed for eight weeks, we need to find cohesion and rhythm in our game.”

Galtier’s side will next face a Riyadh Season Team, made up of players from Al Hilal and Al Nassr, in Saudi Arabia on Thursday. Al Nassr's new star Cristiano Ronaldo could play in this game.

PSG’s next game in Ligue 1 is against Reims at the Parc des Princes on January 29 but before that, they have to face Pays de Cassel in the Coupe de France on January 23.

”We will have 10 days to work," Galtier said.

"The championship is tight,"

Galtier said.

"I'm not used to looking at the standings but I'm concentrating on performance and I have work to do."

PSG’s Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma also said they are upset and angry with this defeat.

"We are angry, and we have to bounce back immediately after this match, from this defeat, because we have no more time to lose,"

Donnarumma said, quoted on the club's website.

"It was an avoidable loss. They didn't have many chances but we should have done more. We have to learn from this game. We are upset, but now we have to focus on the next game."

source: SportMob

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