Benfica – PSG – “Unknown”, “under the radar”, “smart choice”: what does Galtier’s Europe think?

Saint Etienne, Lille, Paris. This is Christophe Galtier’s upward trajectory in 13 years, from the bench of a club that was struggling to stay in Ligue 1 to that of one of the ten greatest teams in Europe. His Franco-French career has somehow put him under the radar of our European neighbors. Apart from the serious touches at Aston Villa, Everton and Naples, the former coach of the Greens has never really aroused the curiosity of the major European leagues.

Italians, Brits, Germans and Spaniards thus welcomed Galtier’s signing at PSG this summer with perplexity. “To be honest, Christophe Galtier is completely unknown to Spanish fanstestifies Adrian Garcia, Eurosport journalist in Spain. We all expected the signing of a great coach like Zidane, Conte, Mourinho, Klopp or the return of Blanc. But never to that of Galtier.“”He was a completely unknown coach to most of the Italian public“, Confirms Simone Eterno, our Milan colleague, despite the brief experience of the former OM defender in Monza between 1998 and 1999.

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What does Europe think of Christophe Galtier, the new PSG manager? (visual: Quentin Guichard)

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In Germany, Galtier’s appointment reminded us of another: “Galtier was only known to football insiders in Germany and his appointment came as a surprise to manycontinues Florian Bogner, journalist of Eurosport Germany. It reminded me a bit of when Bayern named Niko Kovac in 2018.“With a little more success, at least for the moment. PSG’s excellent start to the season, still undefeated in Ligue 1, with two time trial wins in C1 and an often convincing match on the lawn, have added to the reputation of the one who was still champion of France with Lille in 2021.

Has Galtier, however, become the subject of conversation among our neighbors? Not in Spain, however, where PSG is interested only through the prism of its stars (Neymar, Mbappé, Messi), a status that the manager cannot yet claim. Same observation in Germany. If Galtier made the front page of newspapers with a large audience, it is mainly because he made himself “massacre“for his outing on the sand yacht. For the rest, stay”under the radar“that are scanning today, across the Rhine, only the performances of the trio of Parisian mega-stars.

Luis Campos and Christophe Galtier after their coronation during the Champions Trophy against Nantes, 31 July 2022

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Until he wins the Champions …

PSG’s performances advertised the manager but also the new strategy of the capital club: “It wasn’t a sexy date at all after Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure, but PSG may have realized that glamorous dating doesn’t guarantee successsums up James Hilsum, journalist for Eurosport UK. Galtier’s recruitment suggests they are becoming more pragmatic. “Paris was smart in installing it and avoiding perhaps bigger but less appropriate names“Confirms Florian Bogner.

However, to convince Europe, Galtier will have to do much more. “Nobody will be impressed by PSG in the UK until they win the Champions LeagueJames Hilsum continues. If he does not win, Galtier will not be viewed more favorably than previous PSG managers.“The Parisian coach knows what he has to do to make his reputation cross borders.

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