PGS 1-1 Reims: Galtier warns "there will be decisions made"
PSG hosted Reims at the Parc des Princes and allowed the visitors to earn one point after drawing 1-1 against the 12th-place Ligue 1 side. Paris Saint-Germain led the game up to the 95th minute and already into added time, only for Arsenal loanee Folarin Balogun to snatch a misplaced pass and score the game-tying goal in the last seconds of injury time.
The players from PSG never found a way to crack Reims' defensive structure through the first half, although it is not that they actively tried anything, either, in a rather uninspiring effort. Reims merited scoring one goal all night long, and the visitors finally found it in the dying minutes of the match.
The coach of PSG, Christophe Galtier, addressed the media after the match between PSG and Reims in his post-game press conference while his seat keeps getting hotter and hotter each passing week. Here are the most interesting thoughts he shared.
Asked about what went wrong on Sunday night...
"We weren't [into the game] in the first half. We were handled by a good team from Reims which is on a good dynamic."
"We didn't offer anything interesting (in the first half), (there were ) few movements, and it took time to get the ball out. We had to find more verticality to break the Reims lines. We lacked rhythm, wasted chances with technical errors, and the team was split into two. This made the match difficult."
Christophe Galtier: "This is not enough when you're PSG"
"In the second period, I changed the formation in the middle to have more density of play there and to have more verticality. I decided to bring Neymar closer to our two attackers. It seemed like it was working better but unfortunately the game didn't stay at 11 against 11 for long."
"We had situations with only 10 players that could have helped us score more goals and take a safe lead, but we couldn't capitalize. And then in the 96th minute, incredibly, we didn't have control of the game (and the goal-against play).
Asked how worried he is about PSG only taking four points in Ligue 1 through January...
"We are disappointed with our performances. We can no longer use the calendar and the post-World Cup schedule as an excuse."
"We've been together for a few weeks but the performances are not at the level of the first half of the season."
"We must continue to work and find solutions collectively and individually. This is not enough when you're PSG."
Asked about a precise diagnosis of what is happening to PSG...
"I don't think there is any crisis of confidence. Perhaps we're falling into complacency, though."
"All of what we were demanding from ourselves has been out of late. It is difficult to get back to that level of demand, to play as a team with or without the ball."
"There were some interesting things (through the first half of the season), but currently we do not have those."
"I have high-level players. They should and cannot accept being at this level since the beginning of the year."
Asked if he thinks his players are actually listening to his speech or not...
"When you are a coach, you cannot be satisfied with what is happening."
"There will be decisions made. I talk to my players every day."
"This week, they had worked well but it was not seen on the pitch."
"We cannot be satisfied with the points earned through January (four in four Ligue 1 games). We need to bring back our competitiveness (because) we've fallen into a comfort zone. We will have to shake it off."
Asked about the importance of Marco Verratti...
"Everyone knows the importance of Marco for the team. He has proven it for more than ten years."
"Verratti has the ability to quickly get and play the ball out so we miss him. But I can't excuse the current form on his absence."
"He can't play 70 games in a season, so we have to find other solutions to perform better when he's not there."
About the transfer window taking on another dimension after another blunder this weekend...
"Skriniar is an Inter player and I can't comment on his future."
"There are 48 hours left. You read, you write, and you know that the club is working on the arrival of at least one player. But there are constraints with Financial Fair Play."
"A coach likes to have a reinforcement when there is a departure (referring to Pablo Sarabia's sale). I don't know if it will happen."
"This is a talented group. Everyone needs to get back to their level very quickly."