PSG vs. Rennes: Christophe Galtier pre-match press conference

Christophe Galtier, PSG
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Kylian Mbappe
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With just the Ligue 1 left for PSG to win, how do you motivate your group for the remainder of the season?

"It is not a question of motivation but of objective. Until proven otherwise, we are not champions. We have a schedule with matches against Lyon, Rennes, Nice and Lens. We have a workforce that is very low. If we consider, my players and I, that it has already been done, it will be a great disappointment. Do I have to go looking for motivation? No, my players know that it's not won and that we have to get points. The only motivation we must have is to be champion of France for the eleventh time."

Do you think Kylian Mbappe has the qualities to captain both PSG and the France international team?

"I won't answer that. I listened to Didier Deschamps' press conference. Kylian Mbappé has worn the armband lately because he is one of the executives and leaders. It's his sixth season at the club, he's one of the vice-captains to be very precise. When he has to wear the armband, he does it naturally, but others can wear it too."

With just one game per week now, how will train for the next few months, and how does that change your plans for next season?

"There is no projection for me on next season, in particular to know how the workforce will be drawn. I am focused on the last eleven games and obsessed with going for this title. I dare to hope that this period will allow us to recover players and do different sessions. That's what I told my players this morning. We were on a rhythm, recovery, preparation, match while playing every three days and we had very few moments when we could work well, work on automatisms, game principles: be more rigorous in defense, use the ball better, attack and recover the ball in a coordinated way. Unfortunately with the elimination in the Champions League, we will have weeks with 4 or 5 sessions."