Christophe Galtier replaces Mauricio Pucettino at Paris Saint-Germain's bench. He will be responsible for restoring Paris Saint-Germain's image after two years of being under the direction of an Argentinian technician.
So, the native Marseilles man arrives in Marseille to face its hated rival. He is the providential man who will breathe new life into PSG's stars. It was also written on Nasser al Khalaifi's shortlist that Zinedine Zidane would be the Parisian seat.
Former central defender, he played 120 career matches for OM (68 in 1985-87, 52 in 1995-97). He was a solid and tough player, but he is also a great coach.
He succeeded Alain Perrin at Saint-Etienne in 2009 and managed to keep the club in the top flight. He won the Coupe de la Ligue against Stade Rennes in 2013, making him even stronger and offering a title for the Greens who have been waiting 32 years to complete their trophy cabinet. Galtier won the first of his three titles as best Ligue 1 coach after this season of great success (along with the 2021 and 2019 in Lille).
He joined LOSC in 2017, in difficulties like Saint-Etienne in 2009 when he arrived at Forez. He had coached Les Dogues for a few years before bringing Les Dogues to the Ligue des champions in 2018. The northern club was defeated by PSG in the championship in April 2019. He was awarded the second title of best coach in Ligue1.
The technician is already loved and will complete his North passage with a historic title in 2021 under the nose of PSG. OGC Nice spotted him in the summer. OGC Nice has a dream of greatness since joining Ineos group.
Galtier will be a busy man on the Cote d'Azur. He finished fifth in Ligue 1 last year and was frustrated by the Aiglons' quality.
The season ended with disappointing results. Despite Galtier offering himself as the winner of Coupe de France to Nantes, Galtier lost the final to Nantes. The outcome of the season is certain because of the deteriorating relations with Julien Fournier (the sports director). Lucien Favre will replace Galtier, who has already been through the club from 2016 to 2018.
PSG had been closely following the case for several months and jumped at the opportunity to pay for one of the best coaches in Ligue 1 over a decade. He will be reunited with his former sports director at LOSC, with whom he created the winning team in 2021.
Galtier's challenge is as thrilling as it seems for him. It turns out to be as monumental as he expected after the moribund Pochettino Years. The mission is made more difficult when we consider the contrast between the Lille and Nice French technicians on this aspect.
He has never had such an employee before and he will be able to convince all those who doubt him. PSG and he share a common goal: to light the flame through play.