Club: Navas, Messi, Neymar, youngsters, etc., the complete Galtier conference before Châteauroux / PSG

On the eve of PSG’s entry into the Coupe de France against Châteauroux, it was a vengeful Christophe Galtier who appeared at a press conference. Due to the absence of many executives, the PSG coach wanted to quickly erase the setback against RC Lens.

Will Navas play tomorrow? How did you manage his return from the World Cup?

“After he came back, he had ten days off to cut the competition and recover. He returned to the rhythm of the sessions, with individual and specific work. Yes, Keylor will play tomorrow. »

Messi is back in training. Is his return to the field more for Angers? Is he entitled to a celebration at the Parc des Princes?

“We want him to be available for the next match”

“Leo trained yesterday and today. His recovery took just over twelve days. We wish him well at home too, with his family. Obviously, he won’t play tomorrow. Talking to him, we make sure he is ready for the next match. We will take stock. He played an unusual World Cup with a lot of physical effort. I will be very attentive to what he tells me, but we want him to be available for the next match. I think it is important that it is celebrated at home by all the players in the training center. He was happy and quite touched by this celebration. For all of us, he is important. He is happy to find his partners and the people he works with every day. Without obligation, this is the least we can do to celebrate.

A celebration at his next match at the Park? I’m focused on tomorrow’s match. We’ll see when it is his next game, but there’s no demand and need for Leo to be celebrated. He’s a world champion. Leo Messi, PSG player, is the world champion. I think we are very lucky to have a player like him with us. I dare to hope that this will be celebrated and celebrated by our supporters, there is no reason why this should not be the case. »

You are absent a lot, more headache to make the composition in the Coupe de France? Can you give us any news about Neymar, out of training this Thursday?

“Is it a puzzle? No. The Coupe de France is an important club trophy, the best trophy in my eyes, it brings all French football together. We are at PSG, we have the right to have the ambition to continue and win this trophy. After the loss in Lens, we quickly got back to work on what this match would be like.

With the absences, we know we’re going to have a lot of absences at some point with the World Cup coming back, the injuries and the suspensions. It is true that for the preceding reasons, the numbers are greater. I quickly want Luis Campos to reduce the number of players in the locker room to avoid having 30 or 32. In management, it is difficult.

I talked to my executives at the beginning of the season and decided it would be better to have a limited workforce. I am very happy with it, it will open up spaces and room for young players. We have very talented youngsters but we also need to create spaces. It comes down to this post-World Cup match, there are absentees for X reason. But tomorrow, we will have a very competitive team tomorrow, I guarantee it.

Neymar’s absence has been planned for a long time, like all the players present at the World Cup. Players who leave for the World Cup are ‘assessed’ by staff. We have decided that Ney will be nursing his large sprained ankle during this time. »

You won Ligue 1 with Lille, the Coupe de la Ligue with Saint-Étienne. You had some success in the Coupe de France. How do you explain it?

“It is very difficult to win the Coupe de France. Every year, PSG is there and big cars. My biggest regret on a personal level is that I didn’t win it at OGC Nice last season when we had a great race. Obviously this is a trophy I want to win as head coach. I was lucky enough to win it twice while I was an assistant at Sochaux and at OL. I don’t think it’s a lack of luck or success, it’s a difficult trophy to win. »

Will there be youngsters playing tomorrow? How do you judge their level?

“It is an opportunity for some young people to start or certainly have more minutes in this match. I am not in a turnover or in the idea of ​​recovering one or the other. We are coming out of a big disappointment. Losing to PSG was really not good and we have the obligation of the result, there is no desire to bring some players back. There are players who did not perform well last Sunday, that was the first. The absence of some will give space to some youngsters , it’s up to them to take advantage.

As for their level, PSG’s youth certainly have a higher level than those I knew at my previous clubs. The proof is that, throughout Europe, there are many players from training in Paris. This is also the reason that led us to reduce the squad so that the players can grow with very good players. »

Mbappé received a star welcome in the United States. Did you feel that he was aware of having a higher dimension after the World Cup?

“Yes, I saw what happened in New York. We should, rightly, appreciate the presence of Kylian in our club but also in France. He made a huge World Cup, he was honored in a personal capacity. On the fact that Kylian looks at what is happening around him or sees that he has changed, no. He wants to quickly return to competition.

I didn’t discuss it but I still think, because he is a smart kid, that he should realize that the way people look at him has changed and that he is known all over the world. It is very rare for a footballer to receive a standing ovation on a basketball court. He is one of those players who has a lot of personality and character, this is also the result of his performances. The Kylian we have in training has been the same since the start of the season. »

Opponents are used to exploiting PSG’s flaws. How do you approach the match against Châteauroux?

“We make sure to correct the mistakes made. In the match against Lens, to put it simply it was a goal three minutes before the break and another goal after the break, with an incredible loss of the ball, especially the last goal. We all have our own way of playing. We were not vigilant against Lens. The observation is very clear: We have been allowed the weak points that we have worked for. You need to be fairer. We lack a lot of discernment against the Lens. »

Neymar failed at the World Cup, he came back and was kicked out. Are you worried about his second half of the season?

“Not to worry, we have Neymar as he started the season. He is serious, he wants to play. He wanted to play against Lens but unfortunately it was allowed. He is very disappointed, I spoke to him about it. We are lucky to have a very invested Neymar, we are taking care of him on a physical level and that is why he will not participate in the open match. »

How do you view this team from Châteauroux? Does it look like a trap?

“I explained to some players new to the French championship that the National teams are professional teams, that train every day. Athletically, this team from Chateauroux will be ready. From the draw, we reviewed Châteauroux.

They have strengths, it deepens quickly, there is a lot of promise. We worked hard to be mentally prepared because more people will be Châteauroux supporters than PSG. There will be a great atmosphere and players who will play the most important match of their season. We need to be there and not have the weaknesses or collective bankruptcy that we had on Sunday. »

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