Christophe Galtier after PSG victory in Clermont: “When Leo (Messi) smiles, the team smiles too”

Christophe Galtier after PSG victory in Clermont: "When Leo (Messi) smiles, the team smiles too"

“We have often been used to seeing PSG slow down when the team was largely in the lead. This (Saturday) evening, he maintained the intensity throughout the game. Is this the great satisfaction of the evening?
Part of the satisfaction is how we have maintained a high pace. We put the intensity to recover the ball as fast as possible. I had insisted on this with my staff, I talk about it with the players. It’s very good, there’s only one game left, but it’s good.

We have the impression that the players are having fun on the pitch. Is this also your feeling?
Football is a game, when you play you have to have fun. Pleasure can only be present if everyone plays in unison, if we strive for each other. The way we attack, the individual quality of these great players means that the technical sequences are very good. There was this desire to all work together. This is something we have yet to develop. We must have no room for maneuver, whatever the game, the score, the opponent.

“Lionel Messi had a difficult season last year, he was getting used to it”

Is it in this role that you expect Messi: to go get the balls, distribute them?
I spoke with Leo during our time in Japan and also with the defensive sector to make sure he can always do well. He has a very sharp, very clear tactical sense. He immediately understands where he needs to put himself, the way he positions himself to play, it’s in an area he likes. He likes to play with the players around him. When Leo smiles, he smiles too the team.

He scored a superb kick in the head. Does he still surprise you despite the years?
Surprised by his gesture? No. I liked the goal. He has been playing at very high levels for 17 years. He had a difficult season last year, he was getting used to it. All previous seasons, they were at least 30 goals. From the moment he has made the full preparation, which has his orientations of him in terms of family life and his club, his team and his partners, there is no reason for him not to have a great season. When he is associated with Kylian (Mbappé), we will have even more offensive power. “

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