Christophe Galtier now faces increased pressure as Rennes surprised everyone with a 2-0 victory against PSG in Ligue 1
After PSG’s disappointing loss to Rennes on Sunday, Christophe Galtier is aware that the club’s leadership will evaluate his future, but he believes the team’s poor performance can be attributed to the lengthy list of injured players.
The crowd at Parc des Princes expressed their frustration by booing the team at both half-time and full-time, as Rennes secured a straightforward victory with goals from Karl Toko Ekambi and Arnaud Kalimuendo on either side of the break.
PSG contemplating future with Galtier
This defeat marks PSG’s first loss on their home ground in Ligue 1 since April 2021 when Galtier, who was then managing Lille, led his former team to a 1-0 win against PSG before eventually winning the title.
Galtier knows PSG’s latest humiliation will pose a problem for him personally.
“I came for this project for two years, but we speculate on my future.” he told reporters
“My only obsession is to be champion. This match will perhaps cause my management to reflect, but we have to put things in context.
“This match should not call everything into question. There are no excuses but there are reasons. There are 10 matches left, we are ahead in Ligue 1.
“Losses always upset us. Afterwards, everyone has their reading of the game. You have yours and I have mine.
“In the current context, with so many absences – though it is not an excuse – we knew that we would have defensive fluctuations.”
Given the extent of PSG’s injuries, Galtier believes criticism of his team’s attitude is unjustified, adding: “The players gave everything compared to what they had in their legs.
“You get the feeling that the players didn’t give their all, but that’s not how I feel.
“When a player walks into the locker room and knows that eight players are missing, and he sees young guys he has only seen once or twice before…
“My players were invested, after going 2-0 down to a team like Rennes, there may be a little resignation. There is a lot of fatigue. These are not excuses, just contextual elements.”