How should Galtier manage the trio of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe?

One is in his prime, the other two in his thirties. The three Paris Saint-Germain superstars, Messi, Neymar and Mbappe, will all have the same goal of smartly managing themselves in a year of football at a fast pace. The conductor of the orchestra, Christoph Galtier, will have to play it precisely to accompany the trio until the end of the season.

“Neymar and (Lionel) Messi have two games of 90 minutes, they have more tempo. But I have no fear, Kylian will be at a fast pace. After that, we will see how long the match lasts.” During Saturday’s meeting against Montpellier in the French league, Christophe Galtier will have to manage the disparate physical condition of his three phenomena.

Remember that the 38 days of the French championship must exceptionally be played over ten months, from August 5 to June 3. And that the first leg of the Champions League, which previously ran until mid-December, will end this time in early November. So Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe – the first two especially because of their age, 35 and 30 respectively – will have to agree on the benefit of not playing all PSG matches by then. It’s up to Galtier to make them hear. full season.

The benefit of not playing everything and all the time

The fault, in the first place, in the simply terrible calendar when you have the bad idea of ​​being an international committed to a European club. Lyon, Monaco, OM, Nantes and Rennes have a few, as does PSG, which has the promised XXL workforce with multiple deadlines. With a club shirt, pick one. Ligue 1, Champions League, Coupe de France, World Cup: By the final whistle of the World Cup, no later than December 18 for the finalists, the Parisians will have doubled their encounters roughly every three days.

Remember that the 38 days of the French championship must exceptionally be played over ten months, from August 5 to June 3. And that the first leg of the Champions League, which previously ran until mid-December, will end this time in early November. So Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe – the first two especially because of their age, 35 and 30 respectively – will have to agree on the benefit of not playing all PSG matches by then. It’s up to Galtier to make them hear.

“I already mentioned this with the three (Messi, Neymar, Mbappe), he confirmed after Clermont. There is one match a week, that’s good. After that, the first part of the season will be very compressed. We will have about 26 games with selections, And then there will be the World Cup. Obviously we will have to manage these players as best we can. When you ask them if they want to go out, they say “No”, nobody wants to go out. But it has to be done, and maybe the game hasn’t started in some Sometimes, to keep a strong team throughout the season.”

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“It’s not a problem with Messi taking 20 minutes from the end, we still have to discuss it before”

Apparently the new coach is starting to prepare heads. In that sense, Galtier admitted he had “worked a lot on the unions this week”. Despite his strength, the trio of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe will not start every game. He will sometimes have to make room for other confederations, the offensive rotation players (Pablo Sarabia and Hugo Ikitaki, while waiting for another potential reinforcement), to breathe. It comes back stronger, fresher and lasts longer.

“Messi, Neymar and Mbappe won’t be able to play 90 minutes every three days. Gallier will have to discuss a lot with them so they are ready to go out in some matches, as Roland Corbis abounds in ‘Ruthen on Fire’. That’s not a problem with Messi taking out 20 minutes after the end, It still needs to be discussed before and the player is not surprised.Perhaps “Coach Corbis” still had in his mind the image of Messi ostensibly brilliance in front of Mauricio Pochettino who called him to the bench, last season against Lyon.The image that toured Europe.

Neymar or Mbappe have sometimes shown some signs of discomfort, in their careers, when they return to the bench. But since his arrival this summer, Christophe Galtier, who holds the key to this necessary management, has seemed to be returning to normal in Paris. Where does the coach decide, anticipate and consult with his key players on his decisions (maybe also, in front of his captains, his hands are less tied than his predecessor?).

It is much better to prevent any negative reaction from one of his three stars called off the bench. But also injuries related to fatigue, for three players brought to increase their physical strength until the World Cup, where they will each arrive with great ambition.

Roman Dafoe RMC Sport journalist

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