Benfica-PSG: “We will have to play under pressure,” warns Christophe Galtier

This Wednesday, PSG play their toughest game of the last half of 2022 with a trip to Lisbon to face Benfica. On the eve of this Champions League game, after two wins against Juventus and in Haifa against Maccabi, Christophe Galtier, the Paris coach, was at a press conference in the bowels of the Luz Stadium.

Did you expect to find Benfica so strong in this qualifying group?

CHRISTOPHER GALTIER. From his start of the season, yes. The Lisbon team is unbeaten, very interesting, well organized, with individual quality and significant collective strength. We follow this team and I’m not surprised. Benfica can claim to be the favorite of this pool.

What does it take to resist more than usual?

To beat this team, you must advance with this ability to play under pressure. Benfica will pick us up. It puts tremendous pressure on the first few raises. We’ll have to play under pressure and, when we get the chance, be a lot more efficient than we’ve been lately.

Does Marco Verratti have 90 minutes of the Champions League in his legs?

Yes, he has 90 minutes in his legs. He came out a lot during games. He is ready, he has no physical problems.

Is this the first big test of the season?

The first game against Juventus was an important test. But Benfica are unbeaten and playing at home… The atmosphere will be extraordinary, the stadium is growing very, very much. But I have players who have experience and experience. Can we play under pressure? I think we have the qualities to play and be dangerous.

Paris has many Portuguese in his workforce. what do they bring you

They bring us a lot of noise on a daily basis. You talk a lot! Seriously, they’re great professionals. Portuguese football produces incredible players. They bring out talent season after season. You have know-how. They are very professional and respectful.

Does it appeal to you to use a two-point system with a support leader like at the beginning of the season?

It was associated with the opponent, with a desire to thwart the release of the ball. But that also has disadvantages because it isolates our midfielders. It depends on the opponent and what they offer in terms of the first raise.

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