Christophe Galtier faced a hostile reception as he led Paris Saint-Germain to victory over his former club Nice
Christophe Galtier talked about his return to Nice, where he received a hostile reception, and praised Paris Saint-Germain’s determination after their 2-0 win over the weekend. The victory, with goals from Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos, ended PSG’s two-game losing streak and got them back to their winning form.
Rennes and Lyon handed losses to the leading team, affecting their pursuit of the title and making their game against Galtier’s former club a crucial win. Galtier was greeted with insulting banners upon his return, with one aimed at his mother causing understandable frustration.
Christophe Galtier mockingly thanks Nice fans
“I went to thank them for this wonderful welcome,” he told Canal+, before explaining his gesture towards the supporters.
“Why did I react like this? Did you see? Did you hear? My mother, she’s 83 years old, recovering from cancer.”
On the match, Christophe Galtier added: “We obviously had a lot of pressure on our shoulders.
“[With] our underperformance, with the victory for [second-placed] Lens and especially against Nice, coming to win here was important.
“We didn’t have our best game of the season, but we had a lot of solidarity and fighting spirit. We have three important points [as a result].”
PSG’s win against Nice at Allianz Riviera helped them to increase their lead in the Ligue 1 table by six points ahead of Lens. Their upcoming match against Lens is expected to be crucial in determining the outcome of the title race.
Christophe Galtier stressed he will need his side to up their game against their rivals for the Ligue 1 crown, adding: “Next week, it will take as much fighting spirit, but we must be better on the ball.
“[We are] six points ahead. It’s better to have them than to chase after them. We have an important game on Saturday.”