"consensual", "pragmatic" and "spectacular"... Perrin reveals the contours of the Galtier method

“consensual”, “pragmatic” and “spectacular”… Perrin reveals the contours of the Galtier method

Alain Perrin had Christophe Galtier as his assistant for a long time between 2004 and 2009, notably during spells at OL or Saint-Etienne. Guest of the RMC Sport Twitch channel, the former coach reveals the coaching and management methods of the one who will soon lead the PSG team and all its stars.

Defending champion, PSG has scheduled its recovery on July 4. Until then, the Ile-de-France club must finalize the departure of Mauricio Pochettino and his staff and then formalize – barring a huge surprise – the arrival of Christophe Galtier as new coach. Paris already has a contractual agreement for two seasons (plus one optional) with the current manager of OGC Nice.

Not famous or ambitious enough in the game for his detractors, “Galette” nevertheless has a great experience in Ligue 1 both as number 1 and as assistant to Alain Perrin. For the former OL and Saint-Etienne coach, the signing of Christophe Galtier at PSG is first and foremost “a logical progression” for a technician who has “obtained results everywhere he went”.

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What it takes to handle the stars

At a time when President Nasser al-Khelaïfi has claimed to want to end the glitter to have warriors at PSG, Christophe Galtier will have to manage the ego of each player in the Ile-de-France locker room. Not a problem for the one who had him as an assistant for almost four years in Sochaux, Lyon or even Saint-Etienne.

“I felt that we were very complementary with his qualities which are a lot of empathy and that he could make the link between a coach and the players, estimated Alain Perrin of his passage Thursday on the Twitch channel of RMC Sport. This allowed him to have that closeness that you need in a staff with his players.”

And the one who signed a Cup-Championship double with OL in 2008 to specify: “In Lyon, he still had to rub shoulders with and manage a locker room with boys where there was Juninho, Cris, Coupet, Benzema, Ben Arfa, so only internationals. He’s already had to deal with that and knows what it’s like to manage great players. The Lille locker room also didn’t seem so easy to me with the Turks and a lot of internationals and young people like Bamba, Ikoné or Sanches. We had to compose and I think he proved that he was capable of managing this type of locker room.”

“He likes to have possession of the ball and have spectacular football”

Beyond his great empathy and his frankness which will allow him to “tell his truths” to his players, Christophe Galtier also knows how to maneuver his workforce on the ground. In France, however, he is criticized for his lack of ambition in the game as when Nice came to eliminate PSG this season in the Coupe de France at the Parc des Princes (0-0, 6 tab to 5). Like Jérôme Rothen, Alain Perrin sees it as a trial of intent against the coach.

“He is a very pragmatic person who knows what he cannot do. He is not utopian in his ideas and yet he has good ideas about the game, Alain Perrin further analyzed for RMC Sport. He likes having possession of the ball and spectacular football that scores goals.”

However, the tactical strength of Christophe Galtier remains the power of his block. Well organized, well structured, it can put the best teams in difficulty.

“The foundations of a team are all the same recovering the ball, defending well and conceding as few chances as possible, did not fail to recall the former coach of OL and Saint-Etienne. Then he you have to have the technical quality and the talent to benefit from attacking creativity. When he has the players available, he will be able to produce this system of play.”

A follower of 4-4-2 but “pragmatic” and “consensual”

In Paris, Christophe Galtier will have the best squad in Ligue 1 at his disposal, including the fantastic Mbappé-Messi-Neymar trio. But now, the technician will perhaps have to abandon his favorite tactic, the 4-4-2, to put his players in the best possible position. A false problem according to his former mentor.

“He is pragmatic. He likes this 4-4-2 system which gives him a lot of possibilities and confidence because everyone is working on recovery to cover the field well. He is also able to play in 4-3- 3 as we did in Lyon, continued Alain Perrin. This will not interfere, he will be able to adapt because he has experience as a coach and as a player to be able to change the system.”

And the now retired ex-coach specifies, once again, that Christophe Galtier will discuss with his players when setting up a system: “He will also do this in consultation with the group’s executives because what interests him it’s to put people in the best possible conditions. He will be able to use the players in their strong point and what they can do. He will not ask a player to do what he cannot do. is a consensual person, he will not seek to impose visions that do not correspond to the choices of the players.”

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