PSG’s lead at the top of Ligue 1 was reduced to six points following consecutive home defeats against Rennes and Lyon
PSG’s coach Christophe Galtier expressed his disappointment with the team’s current form, which he called “unacceptable”, as they aim to avoid further reduction of their lead at the top of Ligue 1.
PSG suffered two consecutive home defeats against Rennes and Lyon, and they are now only six points ahead of second-placed Lens, following their Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich.
Galtier has expressed his thoughts to the star-studded PSG team ahead of their match against his former team Nice, who have been unbeaten since early January.
“We have prepared well for Nice,” he said at a press conference. “I spoke to my players the day after the [Lyon] game and I asked them to be more committed and show more personality.
“We also need to be more respectful of instructions during games. That relates to our setup and commitment, which were not enough.”
He added: “We know we need to do more, and I mean everyone, including me. We need to do much more. PSG need to play better football and show more personality.
“We also need to be proud because at PSG, we need to perform well in every game, and the current situation is unacceptable… When the players are on the same page and are fully committed throughout the game, we know we can perform very well.”
Galtier wants PSG players be ‘proud’ of playing for the club
PSG had a remarkable record of losing just four games in the entire year of 2022. But this year they have already lost eight games, which has raised questions about Galtier’s future. However, the 56-year-old coach claims that he is not under any pressure.
“Of course, when we lose, and that was the eighth one and it was a significant one, it is not about pressure,” he said. “It is about analyzing that moment and getting the analysis right so that there are no excuses.
“As to whether I feel comfortable, I do. But we need to get out of this spiral and put some wins together. We are after our 11th league title and this is what I said to the players as well. We have a six-point lead which may seem like a lot, but it can change quickly in football.”
Galtier addressed Kylian Mbappe’s displeasure about not being informed of the club’s decision to feature him in a promotional video for season ticket renewals and put an end to the issue.
“It is very difficult for me to talk about that,” he said. “Kylian Mbappe has a relationship with the club and this morning he was very smiley and committed as always.
“He also has had a small hip problem, but that will not affect him playing on Saturday against Nice.
“Everyone has their own way of reacting. Kylian has been talking to the board. And if we call that an incident, maybe there has been a misunderstanding, which has now been put to bed.”