PSG-Clermont: “The criticisms of Messi are not at all justified”, regrets Christophe Galtier

PSG-Clermont: “The criticisms of Messi are not at all justified”, regrets Christophe Galtier

2023-06-01 14:16:05

The last of the season. After having had a moved thought for Sergio Rico during the first minutes of his press conference, Christophe Galtier evoked, with a serious face and marked by the situation which affects his goalkeeper, the reception of Clermont at the Park, this Saturday evening. The opportunity for him to take stock of his first season on the Parisian bench and to discuss his personal future in the capital.

In what state of mind are you after this grueling first season at the head of PSG?

CHRISTOPHER GALTIER. I don’t feel the need to take a break. There is fatigue as always when you finish a season. It’s a different season compared to any I’ve known. There is still a lot of energy and a lot of desire.

If you had to ask yourself one question at the end of this season, what would you ask yourself?

(He thinks for a long time). I did not expect this question. I would ask: my dear Christophe, have you had moments of pleasure and joy during this season? I would answer yes. The context today is different but I would have answered yes. There was a lot of fun and a lot of joy.

What is your future at PSG?

This week, there were no talks about next season. You will understand very well in relation to Sergio that all minds are turned towards the situation and the state of health of Sergio. There is a time for everything. We will finish this week, this championship. In the days that follow, there will automatically be the question of next season. There will be questions about my future. But it’s the same everywhere. You talk to me about Igor Tudor, nobody imagined that he was going to leave. It will be time to discuss with my management to find out what the guidelines will be for next season.

Will certain elements of the pro group play with the under-19 finalists of the French Championship on Sunday?

El Chadaille (Bitshibu) passes the bac exams, which is why he was absent this Thursday morning. He had a ping-pong test. Today he is taken until 6 p.m., tomorrow he will be with the group. Congratulations to the under 19s for reaching the final. Congratulations to the players and to Papus (Camara). There is a reflection on the subject so that the young people are available for us and the decision was to protect them so that they can play this final. The regulation means that those who have played less than 45 minutes will be able to come down. Obviously I’m going to protect Warren (Zaire-Emery), so that he can come back down. We will see with Ismael (Gharbi), Ilyes (Housni) and El Chadaille (Bitshiabu). A decision was made with Luis Campos to bring the most forces with the U19s.

What do you remember from Lionel Messi’s move to PSG?

I had the privilege of coaching the best player in history. Tomorrow will be his last match at the Park. I dare to hope that it will be welcomed in the best of ways. Many things have been said about him. He had to adapt in his first season. This year he has been an important element, always available, present in the training sessions. Despite the remarks or criticisms, which I do not find at all justified given his statistics, he has always been at the service of the game, of the animation. For the coach that I am, it has been a great privilege to accompany him all season.

What is your worst memory of the season? And the best?

The worst is the double confrontation against Bayern, that’s for sure. We had games where we were very good, but many of you forget that. The best thing is still being champion of France, being the leader from the first day to the last.

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