Christophe Galtier: “It’s a shame not to have Messi, but it is what it is”


PSG survived a black week with a game to play. Tomorrow they face Monaco at home with the notable absence of Mbappé and also Messi, who is suffering from hamstring strain. In the preview, Christophe Galtier acknowledged that the team was outclassed in Marseille and needed to find an immediate response to restore confidence in the dressing room ahead of the tie against Bayern.

Leo’s disadvantage: “We know its importance in the game. He is the player with the highest quality in the team. We have to adapt and play in a different way so as not to lose strength. Honestly, it’s a shame it’s not here, but it is what it is. The plan is for him to return on Monday to train with his teammates, in preview of the Champions League”.

Mbappé’s return: “A statement was made in which it was explained that he needed three weeks to recover. Force him? Player health is a priority. It’s still a long season ahead.”

difficult moment: “For so many months it is normal to suffer some ups and downs, and more so after a World Cup in between. There is a certain tiredness, although I don’t want to use that as an excuse. We need to manage this situation and find solutions. The elimination of the French Cup is difficult mentally. Yesterday the locker room was touched but we had no choice but to get up. Anger gets us nowhere.”

The recipe: “Having more character is important. In Marseille we lost the battle for the midfield. We lack aggressiveness in the good sense of the word. Against Monaco, I expect a match similar to Olympique. An uncomfortable rival who press, who will make individual marks in certain areas of the field and have dangerous players in attack”.

Achraf, tired: “He’s a bit tired and he went to the gym today but he’s available for tomorrow.”

Source: La Verdad


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