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Ancelotti: “His team has always stood out for the quality of their game and their organization”
His first experience in Saint-Etienne, for example, caught the eye of a renowned technician: Carlo Ancelotti. Passed on the PSG bench from 2011 to 2013, the Italian with four Champions League as a coach fell in love with the former OM defender. “In France, my friend from Saint-Étienne, Christophe, what is happening to him? We won the best coach award in 2013. He is good, him!”, had launched “Il Mister” in 2016 in L’Equipe before saluting his work in 2017 when Galtier left Saint-Etienne. “Today comes to an end for him a fantastic period spent at Saint-Etienne, where his team has always distinguished itself by the quality of its play and its organization. I wish my friend Christophe the greatest success for the future“.
Mourinho: “He’s the top coach”
At this time in Saint-Etienne, Christophe Galtier had been noticed by another foreign coach who established himself in France: Leonardo Jardim. Asked by L’Equipe in 2017 to take stock of his time in France, the former Monaco coach praised the skills of Christophe Galtier when asked about the coaches who marked him during his first years in France. L1. And Galtier’s name came up first. “He has a real personality, he’s a real football fan, a hard worker“, had explained the Portuguese, champion of France 2017 with the ASM. But if his rather impressive regularity during his seven and a half years on the bench of ASSE allowed him to make a place for himself respected among the coaches passed by the ‘Hexagon, it is his time in Lille that will give him another dimension.
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Tuchel on Lille: “They had a great coach and were very competitive when I was in Paris”
Praise from Carlo Ancelotti and José Mourinho is already quite a lot on a CV. But there is another C1 winner who is also one of his coaches who did not wait for Christophe Galtier to be crowned French champion to appreciate his effectiveness: Thomas Tuchel, who was on the PSG bench from 2018 to 2020, is also of these.
While he slipped at the end of 2019 before a LOSC-PSG duel all the good he thought of his Lille counterpart (“We see what he wants on the pitch. He is very good at coaching. I have great respect for his team“), the German had notably given a layer of it when Chelsea had found LOSC in the Champions League in 2022. Galtier had nevertheless left Lille. But Tuchel had not forgotten him. “They had a great coach and were very competitive when I was in Paris. It was a very big team. It was very difficult to play there. The quality of the players was exceptional. They won the championship last year but they lost players and the coach. It’s a big change, a change so big it takes time“, had slipped the Chelsea coach.
An “interesting challenge”
The Lille coronation in 2021 in L1 will obviously place Galtier in yet another sphere. And the praise will still multiply. For Jorge Sampaoli, we speak of “one of the best coaches in the world last season”. Because in the eyes of the Marseille coach, Galtier has achieved an almost unthinkable feat: “iwon Ligue 1 ahead of PSG, an untouchable club on paper“, explained the former Argentine coach this season. And as Mauricio Pochettino did this season before knowing that he was perhaps talking about his successor, everyone actually welcomes an observation: “the interesting challenge” What does a confrontation with a team trained by Galtier represent.
Elected coach of the year in L1 in 2013, 2019 and 2021, Christophe Galtier has therefore won over the years and successful experiences the recognition of his peers. Who will follow with a necessarily intrigued interest his passage on the Parisian bench if this is done. Before perhaps another equally prestigious destiny? Because the former assistant of Bernard Casoni or Alain Perrin today seems a possible coach one day. “look what he didthis man, slipped on Europe 1 Noël Le Graët in March. I barely knew him. I have to be honest. Or at least not at that level. What he did in Lille and what he is doing in Nice deserves respect. He is an excellent French coachs.” Everyone is waiting to see if this will be confirmed in Paris. And if he will be the chosen one able to put an end to Parisian frustrations!
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