Unsurprisingly, PSG find themselves in the middle of another drama to start the week after their 0-7 victory over Pays de Cassel in the French Cup Round of 32. And this time it has to do with the captain's armband.
The official, true captain of PSG is Marquinhos. The Brazil international, who didn't feature in Monday's game against minnows Pays de Cassel, left the door open for another player to take the armband... and that resulted in Kylian Mbappe getting to fulfill such a role. It was the first time he had donned it while at PSG.
Speaking to the media in his post-game press conference, Galtier said that he "decided that Mbappe would be the second captain at the beginning of the season." The aftermath of that being, of course, Presnel Kimpembe losing the vice-captain role in favor of Mbappe. Turns out the defender was not aware at all of his coach's decision.
In a damning post published on his personal Instagram account yesterday, Kimpembe revealed that “these last hours I have been able to hear and read a lot about myself. I, therefore, wish to make things clear in order to avoid continuing to spread false information about me. I was not made aware of this decision, this is completely false… That said, I will always respect the decisions of the club."
Something is smelly here, to say the least. Christophe Galtier is offering a wildly different perspective from the one shared by the PSG defender.
Something as important as naming a (vice)captain (Mbappe in this case) at the start of the season, let alone by removing a standing one (Kimbempe), should definitely be known by all members of the squad, not to mention the parts directly impacted by such a decision.
Bruno Salomon, a journalist of France Blue Paris, published a Tweet on Tuesday revealing that PSG is actually operating under a "rotating" team of four "vice-captains" that includes Mbappe, Marco Verratti, Sergio Ramos, and Kimpembe.
Again, and in any case, this requires further explanations from Galtier after Kimpembe's post denying having been getting informed of the current situation of PSG's captaincy ranks and structure.
We'll see whether those come out publicly or they remain as part of an internally-discussed-and-solved issue, but something has to give here as both men cannot be right.
Whether it was a misunderstanding or a planned ambush, Galtier shouldn't be proud of his decision having blatantly cold-shouldered Kimpembe.