“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. A 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 planned his recovery on July 4. Meanwhile, the Ile-de-France club must finalize the departure of Mauricio Pochettino and his staff and then – a big surprise aside – formalize the arrival of Christophe Galtier as new coach. Paris already has a two-season contract (plus one optional) with the current manager of OGC Nice.

“Galette” is not famous or ambitious enough in the game for his opponents, but nevertheless has a great experience in Ligue 1, both as number 1 and assistant to Alain Perrin. For the former OL and Saint-Etienne coach, signing Christophe Galtier to PSG is first and foremost “a logical step” for a technician who “has achieved results everywhere”.

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What it takes to deal with the stars

At a time when President Nasser al-Khelaifi claimed he wanted to end the glitz of having warriors at PSG, Christophe Galtier will have to control the ego of every player in the Ile-de-France dressing room. No problem for those 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,” Alain Perrin estimated from his passage on RMC Sport’s Twitch channel on Thursday. This allowed him to have that closeness you need in a staff with its players.”

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

‘He likes to have possession of the ball and spectacular football’

In addition to his great empathy and his candor that will allow him to “tell his truth” to his players, Christophe Galtier also knows how to maneuver his staff on the ground. In France, however, he has been criticized for his lack of ambition in the game, such as when Nice came to knock out 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 an attempted 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 possession and spectacular football that scores goals.”

However, the tactical strength of Christophe Galtier remains the strength of his block. Well-organized, well-structured, it can get the best teams into trouble.

“The fundamentals of a team are all the same: getting the ball back, defending well and giving away as few opportunities as possible. I don’t remember the former coach of OL and Saint-Etienne. Then you have to have the technical quality and the talent to take advantage of attacking creativity. When he has the players available, he will be able to produce this game system.”

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

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

“He is pragmatic. He likes this 4-4-2 system which gives him a lot of options and confidence because everyone is working on recovery to cover the field well. He can also play in 4-3-3 like we did in Lyon , Alain Perrin continued. This will not be an obstacle, 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 indicates once again that Christophe Galtier will consult with his players when setting up a system: “He will also do this in consultation with the management of the group, because what interests him is helping people to get into their own skin as best they can.” requirements. He will be able to use the players to their strengths and what they can. He will not ask a player to do what he cannot do. is a consensual person, he will not try to impose views that do not match the choices of the players.”