Before flying to Qatar, the Parisians completed a very good first part of the season by playing on their lawn against Auxerre. 41 points in the league, no defeats, a game clearly more exciting than last season… Can’t wait for the rest!
By Tom Binet, at the Parc des Princes
Spain, Costa Rica, Portugal, Morocco, Argentina, Brazil and of course… the French team. Seven selections that Parisian supporters will follow with attention in the coming weeks in Qatar to witness the exploits of their proteges, determined to shine in the most beautiful competition for a football player. In total, the Red and Blue will be twelve to defend the colors of their country. ” I hope that players can bring us this magnificent trophy here at the Parc des Princes“, slipped Christophe Galtier in a press conference. As many basic men as the club will hope to recover in good shape after the tournament, to continue what it has started perfectly since the start of the season.
Speed the car
Facing Auxerre, the French champions put a nice end to this first phase of the season as bosses. Before taking the direction of Doha, no less than seven globalists were on the pitch at kick-off for a big victory without forcing too much. Here is Paris still alone at the top of Ligue 1 despite all the efforts of Lens, with 41 points collected out of 45 possible, or two small draws left on the way against Monaco and Reims. Neymar, Mbappé and company had certainly done better with 43 units in 2018-2019 – a season in which they had also had some difficulty in extricating themselves from their Champions League group with Liverpool and Naples – but sportingly, this PSG seems to hold the road, without putting aside the daily bread of the championship.
The only small task is surely the unexpected mini hiccup in the Champions League, where the Parisians had to settle for second place in the group after an incredible scenario and a card from Benfica. Lisboetes with whom Paris shares a common point since August: not having experienced defeat in all competitions (only teams from the five major championships in this case). “We are first, undefeated. I believe that only Naples has the same course as us in the leaguewelcomed Galtier after the victory, when drawing up an initial assessment.We worked on different systems, it took some time to find the best animation so that the fantastic three could express themselves as well as possible. There are still many lines of work, the only small regret I have is that we did not beat Benfica.»
Galtier, winning Paris
Arrived without necessarily being the first choice of the club after the failure Mauricio Pochettino, Christophe Galtier has so far won his bet. No defeat after twenty-two games on the Parisian bench, only Gérard Houllier had achieved such a performance. His management and his tactical research are bearing fruit, from the much hoped-for three-man defense last year to the return to four in recent weeks. A change which has the advantage of placing the MNM in better conditions, Mbappé leaving the role of pivot while the hyper-active Neymar shines on all floors. A new provision which has also freed up side players who have not been visible until now, as evidenced by the two assists from Nuno Mendes against the Burgundians, or the goal of a found Achraf Hakimi.
“I find it interesting to evolve in two systems and I think that we can evolve in three systems. I ask my staff to think, and I too think, that we keep our offensive forces, while remaining as balanced as possible but also that we can recover higher. I have a reflection on this third system to be able to surprise the opponents“, recognized the technician on the eve of the reception of Auxerre. Here he is now with long weeks ahead of him to think about what to do next. “I take great pleasure. Above all, I ask the people I work with to be very demanding, there will be a very exciting second half of the season.“, he smiled again this Sunday. Knowing that the main challenge for Paris will now be to find this drive for what will almost be a new season in a few weeks. See you on December 28.
By Tom Binet, at the Parc des Princes