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PSG: Galtier wants to burst the abscess with the supporters
After a season marked by an early elimination in the Champions League and strong tensions with its supporters, PSG hopes to experience a peaceful and successful 2022-23 exercise on all scales. And to prevent the capital club from relaunching such a situation, Christophe Galtier is open to dialogue with Parisian fans.
the PSG had an eventful season despite his title of champion of France. Eliminated in the knockout stages of the Champions League by the real Madrid, the club from the capital found itself being booed by its own supporters. This new European disillusion has greatly affected the Ultras Paris Collective, which therefore caused a strike last April. The players of PSG, just like Mauricio Pochettino, suffered the wrath of the fans from the lawn. Moreover, several executives had spoken on this subject, while Nasser Al-Khelaifi had taken the situation in hand in order to ease tensions.
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Marquinhos rose up after the Classic…
“The attitude of the supporters? I did not expect that. Now is not the time to do that. We understand if they have not had an answer. But you have to put pride and arrogance aside. Me, as a player, I don’t agree» had attributed Marquinhos after the victory of PSG facing theOM last April 17. Marco Verratti, too, had wanted to settle his accounts a few weeks later.
… and Verratti added a layer of it
“If I understand the anger of the supporters? Sincerely ? Before playing football, I was a Pescara fan. We never won a championship, we always struggled not to go down, but I had fun even if we almost always lost. I think their anger isn’t just about results. Madrid were the tell-tale of it all, but there were huge expectations at the start of the season. We said: Leonardo and Nasser (Al-Khelaïfi) bought great players, and today it’s their fault if we don’t succeed? It’s too easy… Fans have the right to whistle, but not during the match. During the match, we are all together. Sometimes it didn’t feel like playing at home anymore. It’s hard to understand. We need supporters, and there are other ways to convey our anger. We can discuss for example” pestered the Italian midfielder in an interview for Le Parisian last May.
Galtier wants to dialogue with the supporters
Faced with this rather delicate situation, Christophe Galtier is thus open to dialogue with supporters, as he explained to the Parisian : “Talk to fans? You will have to find the time. I will meet them, that’s for sure! Everywhere I went, I met them. I will do it again with pleasure. In recent years, I have not seen the Park full, we came to play for the title here with Lille, there were no spectators, in the Coupe de France with Lille, nobody, with Nice, nobody. Finally, I have seen the stadium empty for two years. But I remember being there against Napoli, with Di Maria’s goal at the end (in October 2018 in the Champions League), it was pushing hard.» It remains to be seen whether Christophe Galtier will manage to maintain a calm and peaceful climate with the supporters of the PSG this season.