The new season of the French League is scheduled to start on Saturday, August 6, amid speculations of a new title for the Paris Saint-Germain team, which is packed with international stars such as Mbappe, Messi and Neymar. Among the coaches, critics are waiting for five well-known names to deal with the course of the league, led by the coach of the Parisian team, Christophe Galtier, who must overcome the team’s repeated disappointments in the Champions League.
Saturday kicks off french football league, In time The nominations, as usual, are in favor of Paris Saint-Germain, which has dominated the tournament during the last decade.
Attention is also drawn to five coaches with different ambitions in the new season, most notably the coach of the defending champion Paris Saint-Germain, Christophe GaltierAnd the new coach of the former Croatian international Marseille, Igor Tudor, and the captain of the technical helmsman of Nice, the Swiss Lucien Favre.
Galtier seeks to answer the skeptics
Galtier, a three-time Ligue 1 coach of the year (2013, 2019 and 2021) and captain of Lille to the unexpected title of 2021, arrived in Paris with a sense of achievement.
“It’s an honor to have a squad of this level,” recalls the man who stripped Paris Saint-Germain of the league title last year.
The coach in charge of France’s most powerful club since the beginning of last July will have to convince some skeptics. He asserts, “I am ready for this, and if I accept this position, it is because I am capable of it.”
Galtier is considered a good leader for the players, and he has never trained big players like Kylian Mbappe, Argentine Lionel Messi or Brazilian Neymar.
Galtier starts with a very poor European experience, as he has never won the Champions League, and now he is leading a club obsessed with winning the prestigious continental competition title for the first time in its history.
Marseille coach Todore starts with difficulties
The new Croatian coach of Marseille, after the departure of Argentine Jorge Sampaoli, enters the league in an unenviable position, due to the disappointing results achieved by the team in its preparatory matches for the new season. He suffered three defeats against Norwich City, 0-3, Middlesbrough, 0-2, and Milan, with the same result, compared to a 1-1 draw with Real Betis, and only one victory over Marignan-Dignac’s amateur team 4-1.
“I don’t want people coming to the pitch to leave disappointed,” the 44-year-old said, promising “a consistent, offensive football” quite different from the possession style of his predecessor Sampaoli.
After an excellent season with Verona in Italy, the former Croatia international defender will have a lot to do, as he has not led a team in the Champions League, the competition that the southern team will play next season as runners-up.
Dutchman Bos Bos to return Billion to the top
“Usually, I would have been fired because of the disappointing results and thirteenth place in a club that wanted to play in the Champions League.” This is what the Dutch coach of Lyon club Peter Bos told “Le Brugres” newspaper last January.
Boss led the team at the end of the season to eighth place and retained the confidence of club president Jean-Michel Aulas. But with the acquisition of Lyon by billionaire American businessman John Textor, it will be difficult for him to go wrong again, especially since the Dutch coach has obtained the required contracts.
Alexandre Lacazette returned to replace Moussa Dembele’s frivolity in front of goal. As for Corentin Tolisso, who also returned to his parent team, his health early on caused a lot of controversy.
August will be crucial, as the team awaits matches at the beginning of the season and it must be among the top teams, otherwise it will have to beware of the storm…
Swiss Favre to realize the ambitions of Nice
Unlike in 2016, Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivares did not struggle to persuade Swiss Lucien Favre to coach the team, as club owner Ineos took him to a higher level.
Upon his arrival, the Swiss coach also announced his ambitions… “Nice must finish the season regularly in the top three and even more!”.
The current internal restructuring has limited the hiring of new players and wasting time. But Favre, 64, remains patient.
Favre benefited from his experience in the German Borussia Dortmund to respond to the requirements of high and strong pressure, to move quickly towards the attack. His philosophy is primarily to push his players to continuous technical improvement, thinking and initiative, such as dribbling.
He said: “If we can’t bounce in attacks, the ball should be rotated because the opponent doesn’t like to run very much.”
Lille bets on Fonseca
After a disappointing season under coach Joslan Gurvenec, Lille bet on Portuguese Paulo Fonseca, known for his attractive attacking style.
But with a less talented squad than in previous seasons, the question is whether the former coach of Sporting Braga, Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine and Roma of Italy can do better than the modest 10th place he got last year.
However, the 49-year-old coach showed his ambition in a statement to Agence France-Presse: “We want to have a team with a strong identity, a team that controls the game and produces good football.”
Fonseca will have to find the right balance to avoid surprise on the counter-attack, because if the teams he trained score many goals, they also conceded a lot of goals.
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