02, 05 News
With goals from Ashraf and Messi, Paris defeated Toulouse 2-1 and continued to lead the Ligue 1 standings.
After the game, Paris coach Galtier also accepted an interview with the media.
About the team’s performance throughout the game
Galtier: “I am satisfied with the victory of this game, but the team’s performance does not satisfy me. At present, we have some unfavorable factors, especially in the first half of the game, Sanchez was injured very quickly.
Adjustments needed to be made. We had some trouble with set-pieces as they scored the first time they got a set-piece. However, I still found my team struggling in the first half as the opposition shrunk their defense.
Open things up and tear apart Toulouse’s defense. In the second half we were much better.”
About the team’s midfield lineup and Vitignia’s position on the field
Galtier: “In the first half of the game, Vitinia appeared too many times in Messi’s active area. During the intermission, I insisted that Vitinia appear more on the left, which can free up
The position Messi prefers. In this case, our attack is more balanced and we find some space in Toulouse’s defense. Against a team that is defensive and disciplined, I also insist on the players
A few shots from long range. Even though we had trouble defending set-pieces, we were able to score. The last two games we’ve won with difficulty without some important players.”
About Messi’s performance
Galtier: “Messi is in control. Obviously, we have several important players missing, not only Mbappe and Neymar, but Verratti, Ramos… But Messi
He took on that leadership role in this game and he did it in a natural way.”
“He is very important in our game, he is an important player, he takes a lot of active attacking methods. We have to give him the ball more and let him handle it.”
About Soler and Fabian Ruiz
Galtier: I hope that Soler and Fabian Ruiz can play their running advantages when tearing the opponent’s defense.
The same goes for getting into the opponent’s penalty area at the right time, finding space between the opponent’s central defenders and making small passes.
I know that Fabian Ruiz is used to crossing positions, Soler is the same in Valencia.
However, Fabian Ruiz has trouble chasing back at times and I would have preferred to use his running advantage so that we would have some width to tear down the opposition defence.
About Sanchez’s injury
Galtier: “Sanchez was replaced very quickly during the game. He fell directly on the court. This must be a muscle injury. I don’t know too much about his injury because I still don’t know much about it.
Haven’t spoken to the club medical team. However, he looks very much like a muscle injury.”
On the choice of four-back formation and the role of Messi
Galtier: “Quality and density are at the heart of the game. With that guarantee, we can also get Messi at his best and let him play to the best of his abilities. We have to free him from certain tasks, we have to try to
Makes up a lot of things, but the most important thing is we have to make sure that he plays very freely, is very comfortable in this space and lineup, can get the ball to him as soon as possible. After he has the ball, he can Dribble, have
Great passing vision, can score goals and is very decisive.”
Ashraf contributed one shot and one pass in this campaign
Galtier: “When we play in a back four, he can go forward, he’s a very attacking player and a very good defender. In our team, he can play an important role
. And in the past few games, he and Messi have had a special connection and echo.”
“He’s come off a stellar World Cup and was voted the best player in Africa, which shows just how good he is. Now, he’s full of confidence and we’re delighted to have a player of that caliber.”