Montpellier 1-3 PSG: Galtier, " happy with the effort" of Paris in dull outing


PSG visited Montpellier at La Masson and coasted to a 3-1 win that was more boring than convincing. The visitors took advantage of the victory of Nice over then-second-place Lens to move five points clear of OM (now 2nd) at the top of the Ligue 1 table.

It was another dull performance by the Parisian squad, which on top of everything had to endure injuries to two of their most-used and most important presences in Kylian Mbappe and Sergio Ramos. On a bright note, Fabian Ruiz finally scored and assisted a goal wearing the jersey of PSG, both things happening on Wednesday's game.

The coach of PSG, Christophe Galtier, addressed the media after the match between PSG and Montpellier in his post-game press conference as he was able to calm the waters a bit with the first victory by his team in the last three attempts at it. Here are the most interesting thoughts he shared.

Asked about the injuries suffered by Kylian Mbappe and Sergio Ramos...

"After he got hit on the head, Sergio Ramos hurt his adductor when he fell to the ground. We think it's no big deal. He preferred to go out and not take risks as we have to play matches every three days."

"Regarding Kylian Mbappe, he was damaged on a tackle. He took a blow to the knee and also behind the knee. We don't know yet if it is a contusion or a hematoma."

"It doesn't seem like a big deal to either of them. They are two very important players and there is this schedule. From what we saw at half-time and after the match, there is no concern."

About his opion regarding the level of play and the game against Montpellier...

"We lost the ball at times, we had to be careful in deeper zones, but we had worked on that. I am satisfied with the result. We had an extraordinary scenario in the first period with two missed penalties. The second half was more successful for us. I put people in the middle in the heart of the game to recover more balls, quickly and high. We had to get back to winning ways (because) it's a very tight championship. I am happy with the efforts made by the team. The players responded."

About feeling extra pressure as the Champions League approaches...

"Yes, automatically there is pressure and an obligation of getting a positive result. But I knew it before we got to this point. The Champions League requires us to be ready at all times. We have to cross our fingers that there are no injuries. We have a busy schedule with difficult matches."

About his thoughts on Warren Zaire-Emery's first professional goal at PSG...

"I'm very happy for him because he's a Parisian Titi. I wanted to bring him in because he was upset with conceding the equalizer at Reims last Sunday and a lot of people have been attacking him since. It was hard for him. [Wednesday's performance] is a strong signal for young people trained at the club. He became the youngest player trained at PSG to score for the club."

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About missing on landing Hakim Ziyech on Tuesday's transfer deadline...

"We wanted to replace Pablo Sarabia with a player capable of playing on the right side of the attacking front. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. These are the vagaries of the transfer window. You have to accept it. The responsibility does not lie with PSG from what I know."