(Paris) Once again, the PSG players came out under the whistles of the Parc des Princes. With this sixth defeat in the league, the Parisian club once again showed bankruptcy at all levels of play and darkened this failed season a little more.
Rare in the media, Paris Saint-Germain football adviser Luis Campos spoke at the microphone of Canal , Sunday after the defeat against Lorient (3-1). He asked for a “reaction” from the team in order to retain the French championship crown and not end the season empty-handed.
Because, after this third setback in four games at the Parc, the team from the capital (1st, 75 points) is only five points ahead of Marseille (2nd, 70 points) and nine over Lens (3rd, 66 points). ), which has one game less.
With five days left to play, the road to a potential record 11th league title seems endless even if the obstacles to overcome (Troyes, Ajaccio, Auxerre, Strasbourg and Clermont) are well within reach of the Parisian stars, on paper.
“We have been first since the first day, there are five games to not lose our heads and continue in our work,” Campos underlined.
“It’s hard when you lose a match like that, I expect a reaction from everyone, from the players, from the staff, from all the people who work at PSG”, he added, looking serious. .
For his part, coach Christophe Galtier, also mired in an extra-sports affair, because he was suspected of having made discriminatory remarks when he was leading Nice, stressed that his players, quickly reduced to ten, had started the game badly.
On Sunday, the technician opted for a defense and a midfielder with the Spaniard Carlos Soler in the lead, tenured for the 4th time, but once again non-existent.
Before the match, Galtier had deplored the work of his midfielder in Angers, and in particular the low number of balls arriving at the feet of Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi.
But a 4-4-2 system in which the players his players seemed lost.
“I went to four behind and added a midfielder, hoping to have more technical relationships inside the game, but that was not the case”, analyzed the coach, and “when there has so much technical waste at the start of the match, while there is no question of freshness at this moment of the match, it is that there was a lack of concentration on the part of several players, “he said. he continued.
From the start of the match, they lost the duels and were largely overwhelmed in defense, especially on the first two Lorient goals (15th, 39th).
“When you make the lead that you make, you can’t have more than you got,” he said.
A collective bankruptcy, but also individual: “We need collective and individual awareness, too many players are inside. There are too many players below their level,” commented Galtier.
Most of the players are no longer there, apart from goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma and Danilo Pereira, who played in midfield and defense on Sunday. Leo Messi and Kylian Mbappé played intermittently, as often, and the others weren’t there.
Like Achraf Hakimi: very tense from the start of the match, the Moroccan, also indicted for rape, was quickly excluded after a second yellow card (20th).
Beyond the players, Galtier is once again in the crosshairs of the critics. Asked about the situation of the coach, with whom Campos came last summer, the football adviser said he was “sure” that the players still trusted him. “We’re all together and that’s what I want to say to the fans.”