Saint Etienne, Lille, Paris. This is Christophe Galtier’s rise in 13 years, from the bench of a club struggling to stay in Ligue 1 to one of the top ten teams in Europe. His Franco-French career made him somewhat slip under the radar of our European neighbors. Aside from serious touches at Aston Villa, Everton and Naples, the former Greens coach has never really aroused curiosity about the major European Championships.
Italians, English, Germans and Spaniards have therefore greeted Galtier’s signing to PSG this summer with perplexity. “To be honest, Christophe Galtier is completely unknown to Spanish fanstestifies Adrian Garcia, journalist at Eurosport in Spain. We all expected the signing of a great manager like Zidane, Conte, Mourinho, Klopp or Blanc’s return. But never to that of Galtier.” “For most Italians he was a completely unknown coach” confirms Simone Eterno, our colleague in Milan, despite the brief experience of the former OM defender in Monza between 1998 and 1999.
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In Germany, Galtier’s appointment was reminiscent of another: “Galtier was only known to football insiders in Germany, and his appointment came as a surprise to manycontinues Florian Bogner, journalist at Eurosport Germany. It reminded me a bit of when Bayern signed Niko Kovac in 2018.“With a little more success, at least for the moment. PSG’s excellent start to the season, unbeaten 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 one who was still champion of France with Lille in 2021.
Has Galtier nevertheless become a topic of conversation among our neighbors? Not in Spain, anyway, where PSG are only interested through the prism of their stars (Neymar, Mbappé, Messi), a status the manager can’t yet claim. Same observation in Germany. If Galtier has made the front page of newspapers with large audiences, it is primarily because he made himself.massacre” for his trip on the sand yacht. Otherwise he stays “under the radar“who today on the other side of the Rhine only scan 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 he wins the Champions League…
The performances of PSG advertised the technician but also the new strategy of the capital club: “It was by no means a sexy appointment following Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure, but perhaps PSG have realized that glamorous appointments don’t guarantee successsummarizes James Hilsum, journalist at Eurosport UK. Galtier’s recruitment suggests they are becoming more pragmatic. “Paris was smart to install it and maybe avoid bigger but less appropriate names“, confirms Florian Bogner.
However, Galtier needs to do much more to convince Europe. “No one will be impressed with PSG in the UK until they win the Champions Leaguecontinues James Hilsum. If he doesn’t win it, Galtier won’t be viewed any better than previous PSG managers.“The Parisian technician knows what to do to make his reputation go beyond the borders.
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