The coach of Paris Saint-GermainChristophe Galtier, confirmed on Thursday the arrival of Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches, from Lille, to his team, which will be officially announced this afternoon, while noting that he still awaits another three reinforcements.
In the first press conference prior to the start of the league, two days before his trip to Clermont, the coach assured that the Portuguese player, who was already under his orders at Lille, will pass the medical examination this afternoon. Galtier assured that Sanches, a Portuguese international who is about to turn 25, brings to PSG’s midfield qualities that other midfielders do not have, such as “explosiveness and impact”.
“He has the ability to break lines and also recover defensively,” said the coach, who in that sense considered him complementary to Marco Verratti, Vitinha or Danilo Pereira. He also highlighted that he knows the French league, because he has spent three seasons at Lille, and his high international level, since he has accumulated 32 appearances with his national team.
The new PSG coach, who has replaced the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, indicated that he still expects another three reinforcements, although he did not specify for which lines. He indicated that “the idea is not to accumulate many players” but rather “to have competition within the squad.” He added that he knows it is difficult, but considered that the sports management and the club are doing “hard work” to provide these signings.
PSG is also working on the departure of some players in order to incorporate these reinforcements. Galtier was very satisfied with the preparation of his team this season and in the Super Cup, where they won the first trophy of the campaign against Nantes. He defended his system with three central defenders which, he said, “allows us to have more men in the offensive aspect and also to fold back better”.
The coach, who will be able to count on striker Kylian Mbappé on Saturday, suspended in the Super Cup, assured that having him in a trident alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi does not have to cause a defensive imbalance. “Defense is an offensive priority, but also an individual responsibility. When a teammate makes an effort, it spreads to the rest. We have to be attentive and rigorous,” he said.