Galtier notes the departure of Messi and is annoyed by “criticism not at all justified” against the Argentinian

Christophe Galtier savored the “privilege” of having been able to lead Lionel Messi this season at PSG and defends the Argentinian against criticism he considers unjustified by recalling his fine statistics.

While waiting to be fixed on his future, Christophe Galtier is already sure of one thing: he will lead Lionel Messi for the last time in the colors of PSG, Saturday against Clermont (9 p.m., 38th day of Ligue 1). At a press conference this Thursday, the PSG coach confirmed the departure of the Argentinian, at the end of his contract with the club. He therefore savored his chance to have collaborated with the seven-time Ballon d’Or, which he places at the top of the Pantheon of football history. The technician also underlined his state of mind and his contribution to the collective, thus taking the opposite view of the many criticisms he has been the subject of this season.

“It’s his last match at the Parc des Princes, I dare to hope that he will be welcomed in the best possible way”

“I had the privilege of leading the best player in the history of football, he says. It’s a great privilege. Saturday is his last match at the Parc des Princes, I dare to hope that “He will be welcomed in the best possible way. A lot has been said about Leo, you have analyzed him a lot. I will not talk about his first season where he had to adapt automatically. It was the first time he left Barcelona.”

“This year, he was an important element, always available, always present in training sessions, he continues. The remarks or criticisms, I do not find them at all justified. When you are 35 years old in a season with the World Cup in the middle and you finish with stats at 21 goals and 20 assists… Leo was decisive 41 times in a season with the World Cup in the middle. team, the game, the animation, the setter, the finisher… For the coach that I am, it was a great privilege not to train him, but to accompany him throughout the season .”

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While he had an option to extend his contract for another season, Messi is not going to stay in the French capital and is expected to announce his next destination imminently. Galtier welcomes his contribution and puts a kind of pressure on the Parisian supporters who recently whistled him and demanded his departure after his unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia in early May.

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