His reaction, like that of all the members of the PSG family who have been shelled over the days and public appearances since the day of the accident, was expected. This Thursday, Christophe Galtier gave the Camp des Loges his traditional pre-match press conference, two days before the reception of Clermont at the Parc des Princes for the 38th and last day of Ligue 1.
The Rouge & Bleu coach first came back to the question for a long time, before the press conference, at the microphone of PSG TV. “The heart is heavy, we make sure to be positive and have positive energy, to give strength and support to Sergio, his family, his mother, his partner…”
“He’s a big guy, strong, who fights”
“It’s a difficult moment, but I often say and I’ve talked about it with the players, who are constantly asking for news, that you need hope, to be positive, to send as many energy to Sergio. He’s a big guy, strong, who fights. This is the most important fight for him. You have to believe in life, in medicine. This week is incredibly hard, but we must keep hope. It’s incredible to go from a glass of champagne on Saturday evening in Strasbourg to learning about the accident when you wake up on Sunday morning. »
Christophe Galtier confirmed that the title party, scheduled for the last game of the season at home, will be impacted by the situation: “There will be a strong message of support for Sergio. We are champions, there will be no joy or festivities but it will be important for Sergio and for the supporters to play a good game of football and to find pleasure in this difficult week. »
Facing the journalists in the Camp des Loges press room, the Parisian coach reiterated these words: “The news we have is what you have, which is distilled from the hospital in Seville. Our doctor is in constant contact with the family and with the medical profession around Sergio. We don’t have any more information than that. Regarding the party, you understand that there will be none. »
“We are trying as best we can to change our minds”
“It’s been a very difficult week, we are all affected. We went from a title on Saturday evening to a more than painful awakening on Sunday morning. Everyone is obviously very affected, we try somehow to clear our minds through training sessions which in no way correspond to match preparation. We change our minds on the ground. We are all very united, we send a lot of positive vibes and energy to Sergio and his loved ones. It is necessary in these moments to have a lot, a lot, a lot of restraint, but bring a lot, a lot, a lot of support, to keep hope. Sergio is a physically strong boy, we try to support him and send him the most positive vibes that can exist. »
“All the time off the pitch, all our thoughts are with Sergio. As soon as we are on the field, we try to bring as many playful situations as possible so that the players can escape this pain, to see their companion fight. We try to bring fun into the session. It lasts 1h, 1h10, and the players take it like a breath of fresh air. »
On Sunday May 28, the second goalkeeper of PSG, lieutenant of Keylor Navas then Gianluigi Donnarumma, was hospitalized in serious condition after receiving a violent blow to the head from a horse. His condition, stable according to the latest information, is still a source of concern while the player is still in intensive care.
This Tuesday, PSG canceled the annual gala dinner planned for its foundation, in respect for its player. There has also been talk in recent days of adapting the title celebrations planned for this Saturday, as all the players and the club have little taste for celebration in such special circumstances.
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