Saint Etienne, Lille, Paris. This is Christophe Galtier’s upward trajectory in 13 years, from the bench of a club struggling to stay in Ligue 1 to that of one of the ten biggest teams in Europe. His Franco-French career has made him go a bit under the radar of our European neighbors. Beyond serious touches at Aston Villa, Everton and Napoli, the former Greens manager has never really piqued the curiosity of the big European championships.
Italians, English, Germans and Spaniards have welcomed the signing of Galtier at PSG this summer with perplexity. “Honestly, Christophe Galtier is a complete unknown to Spanish fanstestifies Adrián García, journalist for Eurosport in Spain. We all expected the signing of a great coach like Zidane, Conte, Mourinho, Klopp or the return of Blanc. But never to Galtier’s.” “He was a completely unknown coach for most of the Italian public“, confirms Simone Eterno, our partner in Milan, despite the short experience of the former OM defender in Monza between 1998 and 1999.
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In Germany, Galtier’s appointment recalled another: “Galtier was only known to football insiders in Germany and his appointment came as a surprise to many.continues Florian Bogner, journalist for Eurosport Germany. It reminded me a bit of when Bayern appointed Niko Kovac in 2018.With a little more success, at least for now. PSG’s excellent start to the season, still undefeated in Ligue 1, with two wins on the clock in C1 and an often convincing game on the pitch, have swelled the reputation of the French champion with Lille in 2021 .
Has Galtier, however, become a topic of conversation among our neighbors? Not in Spain in any case where PSG is only interested through the prism of its stars (Neymar, Mbappé, Messi), a status to which the coach cannot yet aspire. The same observation in Germany. If Galtier made it to the front page of the mainstream newspapers, it is primarily because he made himself.”slaughter“for his departure on the sand yacht. Otherwise, he stays”under the radar“which scan today, across the Rhine, only the performances of the trio of Parisian megastars.
Luis Campos and Christophe Galtier after the coronation during the Champions Trophy against Nantes, July 31, 2022
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Until I win the Champions…
PSG’s performances announced the coach but also the capital club’s new strategy: “It was by no means a sexy date after Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure, but perhaps PSG have realized that glamorous dates are no guarantee of success.sums up James Hilsum, journalist for Eurosport UK. Galtier’s hiring suggests they are becoming more pragmatic. “Paris was smart to install it and avoid perhaps bigger but less appropriate names“, confirms Florian Bogner.
Still, to convince Europe, Galtier will have to do much more. “Nobody will be impressed with PSG in the UK until they win the Champions LeagueJames Hilsum continues. If he doesn’t win it, Galtier won’t be viewed more favorably than previous PSG managers.“The Parisian coach knows what he has to do to make his reputation cross borders.
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