Seen and read of PSG and the French team in the French press this Friday November 18, 2022. The Blues’ first training session in Qatar under the eyes of Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Blues are looking for a leader and Mbappé can be …
The Parisian recounts the Blues’ first training session in Qatar this Thursday in front of 300 French children from the city’s schools. This session was also held in full view of Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Noel LeGraët and Steven Nzonzi. Olivier Giroud he startled the medical staff with a powerful left footed volley where he ended up grimacing on the ground and writhing in pain. The day’s session began with two free passing drills Raphael Varane or Karim Benzema, who warmed up separately for nearly an hour with physical trainer Cyril Moine. The attacker is hit in the left thigh (quadriceps), the defender in the right hamstrings. “The few sprints performed do not give certainties about their current state of shape and above all about their future health. They just touched the ball, didn’t shoot and finished training sitting on the mats, repeating the stretches,” writes the Ile-de-France newspaper. The media advance explaining that the chances of seeing Varane play against Australia are now weaker than Benzema’s and his presence from the first group match is far from acquired.
The group notes that with the package of Paul Pogba, Franche’s team is looking for a leader within his team, she who is now orphaned by the “pickaxe”. This is also in Qatar without Presnel Kimpembe ni Ngolo Kante, also considered influencers. Self Hugo Loris, captain since 2010 and Didier Deschamps’ base man, is one of these captains, Kylian Mbappé is too but in a different way. The PSG striker is considered one of the important players for the Blues. Bondy’s little boy “takes space” and shows on the pitch that he is a boss without expressing himself much. The number 7 Rouge & Bleu is no longer the little boy of 2018 “whom the world discovered, amazed eyes” and he is not a man of long speeches in the dressing room despite having been at the initiative of the campaign to re-found the image rights convention. He is more «a player worried, incidentally, about slipping a few words to his young teammates». This observation also applies to Antoine Griezmann with his 110 selections, who is rather a “leader by example” just like Karim Benzema, discreet in group life since his return to the Blues but whose words – those of a football gold – they carry, especially in the younger generation. For vocal leaders, you have to go to Raphaël Varane, in a very different style to Paul Pogba as he wants to be reassuring in the group.
PSG are having an excellent start to the season in terms of accounting. In 22 games in all competitions, the Parisians have won 18 games for 4 draws. Behind the scenes it was more difficult with the non-sporting stories that broke out. The group provided a behind-the-scenes update on the first four months of the Paris season.
Last summer, PSG changed their coach with thanks Maurice Pochettino to replace it with Christophe Galtier. Despite other announced names, Nasser al-Khelaifi explained that the former Lille coach has always been Rouge & Bleu’s number 1 leader. The group indicates that Galtier was Luis Campos’ first choicebut for the president of PSG, he would have liked offer the job to Thiago Motta. ” He had also invited Campos to call the former Italian PSG midfielder. […] The Portuguese leader complied. While specifying to Motta that it was not a priority in his mind. “About Christophe Galtier, the Parisian president” he will validate his arrival only after calling Jean-Pierre Rivère, his counterpart in Nice, one last time to remove the doubts that inhabit him. »
The locker room seduced by Galtier
The first steps of the former Green coach have validated this choice of Luis Campos. ” Galtier’s impulsive enthusiasm and his relationships with players, star and non-star, seduce the locker room. The sports newspaper also traces the history of penalty. A hustle in between Neymar And Kylian Mbappe who annoys Lionel Messi. ” The Argentine, whose name is never even mentioned to become one of the penalty takers, is increasingly wondering about his future in France. “His father would have started talks with Inter Miami. The Argentine international also says he’s annoyed that he’s the one going off in matches against Monaco and Juventus. ” The seven-time Ballon d’Or player does not want to become the adjustment variable in the management of the stars.”
The failure in the Skriniar folder
For the whole summer, PSG tried to recruit Milan Skriniar to strengthen its central defense, without success. ” This folder will become one of the best examples of disharmony reigning in the upper echelons of the capital’s club. On the one hand, Fields choose players to recruit; on the other, his compatriot Antero Henrique is responsible for the negotiation. But, since the two men don’t value each other, as soon as a folder slips, stutters or fails, it’s necessarily the other’s fault.”
Mbappé crystallizes the attentions and tensions
When the contract expired in June 2022, PSG managed to convince Kylian Mbappe to extend his contract. With this new contract, many believe he is the new PSG boss. The appointment of a new head of sports communication and relations with the press, Julien Maynard spoken in the group. ” When they were told it was a friend of Kylian Mbappé, some of them sighed. The impression that the French national striker decides everything inhabits a large part of the workforce and does not leave it indifferent. Like it or not, all Parisians know that Mbappé has nevertheless become the head of the locker room.”
The Navas file and Neymar’s great form
Stay at PSG but as a substitute for Gianluigi Donnarumma, Keylor Navas ” hopes staff will rotate when Champions League fixtures are linked. “After the first match of C1 against Juventus, he hopes to play against Brest four days later. But it is the Italian goalkeeper who is chosen. With regard to Neymar, is very fit. ” Life is so much sweeter with the Ney only without him, which his management agrees, which nevertheless wanted to part with him this summer. Only his opponents regret his presence. »