First preparation match for this Japan Tour 2022the encounter between Kawasaki Frontal and the PSG ended in a victory for the Parisians. The men of Christophe Galtier prevailed 1-2 with goals from Lionel Messi (32nd) and Arnaud Kalimuendo (58th) in the second half. The Japanese team then reduced the score with a header (84th) from Kazuya Yamamura. At the post-match press conference, Christophe Galtier returned to the meeting at first: “ It was a very rhythmic match against a team that is in the middle of its Championship, so physically, tactically and technically ready. Concerning us, there were good offensive combinations. I liked the way my players put pressure on the pitch loud and clear, which allowed us to be dangerous and create a lot of situations for ourselves. We are evolving in a new system, in 3-4-1-2, so we have to assimilate it. We experienced a lot of imbalances and thus conceded far too many situations on our goal. It’s a big line of work for the coming weeks to want, to be able, to have a lot of people offensively and at the same time to be able to keep a fair balance. You have to try to quickly find adjustments and compensations to avoid being caught in transition situations“.
The 3-4-1-2, a scheme to install
Asked about the sustainability of the new tactical scheme of the PSG, Christophe Galtier affirmed that the 3-4-1-2 was intended to be installed for the whole season: “ We made two friendly matches and we also work every day in training this scheme. But, afterwards, there is always adaptation. There is also a reflection to work in another system while remaining very dangerous offensively“.
Why Verratti, Paredes and Navas weren’t on the scoresheet?
The absence of three elements questioned the observers and supporters of the PSG. In effect, Marco Verratti, Leandro Paredes and Keylor Navas did not take part in the match, and were not even on the match sheet. The explanations of Christophe Galtier : “ Leandro Paredes felt a little muscle discomfort at the end of the session, nothing bad, and we hope to recover it by the end of the tour. Marco Verratti resumed with pain in his instep at the beginning of July and we decided not to involve him, because he only had 5 group sessions with us. As for Keylor Navasit’s a question of playing time, he will play a large part of the second game against the Urawa Reds“.
The French technician was finally asked about his adaptation, and the ” reciprocal seduction between his group and him: I hope they are not in the seduction because I am not in a game of seduction. I am in the discovery of this extraordinary group. The group works very well. If you have no ego, you have no champions. And without champions, you don’t win. From what I’ve seen for the past two weeks, the group lives well and laughs well together“. Words reported by the newspaper The Team.