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Ancelotti: “His team has always stood out for the quality of its game and its organization”
The first experience at Saint-Etienne, for example, was the clothing of a renowned technician: Carlo Ancelotti. Passed on the PSG bench from 2011 to 2013, the Italian in the four Champions League as a coach fell under the spell of the former OM defender. “In France, my friend de Saint-Étienne, Christophe, what happens to him? We won the Best Coach award in 2013. He is good, him! “, had launched” Il Mister “in 2016 in L’Equipe before saluting his work in 2017 when Galtier left Saint-Etienne.”Today marks the end of a fantastic season for Saint-Etienne, where his team always stood out because of the quality of its game and its organization. I wish my friend Christophe the greatest success for the future“.
Mourinho: “He’s the top coach”
In this Stéphane era, Christophe Galtier was noticed in another foreign coach that is imposed in France: Leonardo Jardim. Asked by L’Equipe in 2017 to take stock of his time in the Hexagon, the former Monaco coach had praised Christophe Galtier’s skills when asked about the coaches who marked him during his early years in L1. And Galtier’s name came back first. “He has a real personality, he is a real football fan, a hard worker“, had explained the Portuguese, champion of France 2017 with the ASM. But if his regularity quite bluffing during his seven and a half years on the bench of the ASSE ‘Hexagon, it is his passage to Lille that will give him another dimension.
“Les Girondins is the laboratory of everything not to be done in the football business”
Tuchel sur Lille: “They had a great coach and were very competitive when I was in Paris”
Praise for Carlo Ancelotti and José Mourinho is already good on a resume. But there is another C1 winner who is also one of his coaches who did not wait for Christophe Galtier to be crowned French champion to appreciate his effectiveness: Thomas Tuchel, who spent on the PSG bench from 2018 to 2020, is like those.
As he slipped in late 2019 before a LOSC-PSG duel all the good he thought of his Lille counterpart (“We see what he wants on the field. He is very strong in coaching. I have great respect for his team“), the German had put a layer on it when Chelsea found the LOSC in the Champions League in 2022. However, Galtier had left Lille. But Tuchel had not forgotten.”They had a very great coach and were very competitive when I was in Paris. It was a very great team. It was very difficult to play there. The quality of the players was exceptional. They won the championship last year but lost players and the coach. It’s a big change, a change so big it takes timethe Chelsea coach had slipped away.
An “interesting challenge”
The sacred Lille in 2021 in L1 will obviously place Galtier in yet another sphere. And the praise will multiply again. For Jorge Sampaoli, we are talking about “one of the best coaches in the world last season”. Because in the eyes of the Marseille coach, Galtier has achieved an almost unthinkable feat: “iwon it Ligue 1 against PSG, an untouchable club on paper“As the former Argentine coach explained this season. And as Mauricio Pochettino did this season before learning that he may be talking about his successor, everyone salutes a fact:”the interesting challenge“Care represents a showdown with a Galtier-led team.
Elected coach of the year in L1 in 2013, 2019 and 2021, Christophe Galtier has thus gained the recognition of his peers over the years and successful experiences. Who will follow with a necessarily intrigued interest his passage on the Paris bench and this is done. Before perhaps another equally prestigious destination? Because the former deputy of Bernard Casoni or Alain Perrin seems today a conceivable selector one day. “Look at what he didthis man, slipped on Europe 1 Christmas Le Graët in March. I barely knew him. I have to be honest. Or at least not at that level. What he did in Lille and what he did in Nice deserves respect. He is an excellent French coachs. “Everyone is waiting to see if this will be confirmed in Paris. And if he will be elected to put an end to the frustrations of Paris!
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