Ligue 1 – Mbappé, Neymar, Messi or Ramos, who will take the penalties at PSG? Galtier leaves room for doubt

The “penaltygate” may have been behind the Parisians for a few days, after Luis Campos put things back in place, the PSG press conferences are not spared from questions related to the first small controversy of Paris Saint-Germain from Christophe Galtier. “There is no discomfort” between Kylian Mbappé and Neymar at PSG, assured Friday the coach who considers a “epiphenomenon” the misunderstanding between the two stars as to the choice of the penalty taker, last Saturday against Montpellier (5-2).

“We quickly saw each other the next day to iron out all that, to tell each other what we had to say between us”, recounted Galtier. “We had a very pleasant week at work, everyone worked well, I enjoyed all the sessions this week and this epiphenomenon disappeared very quickly, that is to say the day after our meeting. “, he certified.

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Almost a week therefore after Neymar decided to take on his own a second penalty awarded to PSG during the match against Montpellier, the journalists questioned the Parisian coach on the identity of the number 1 shooter now. Until now, Kylian Mbappé was the designated scorer for the Parisian armada. But since his failure on the first penalty against Montpellier, the world champion is no longer necessarily the main option.

The stats in favor of Neymar

Because behind him, Neymar is pressing and the statistics speak today for the Brazilian: 46 penalties converted on the last 52 drawn. A performance that could make him climb a rank in the hierarchy of shooters, if others did not join in the fight, despite themselves. “It can be Messi or also Ramos”, recalled Christophe Galtier.

In a match situation, it’s up to my players to be very smart and know when to step aside

The Parisian coach is not fooled. “There is what I want in the preparation for the match and which must be respected, and there is the reality of the match and the moment. It’s important for our attackers to score goals to maintain confidence. In a match situation, it’s up to my players to be very smart and know when to step aside or offer a penalty as a gift so that a partner can gain confidence. added the technician.

Because in the spirit of Galtier, despite an abundance of stars, it is now the collective that takes precedence. As for who will be the next penalty taker in the event of a foul in the area against Lille in a few days, Christophe Galtier was very vague, with a touch of irony: “The players will know it”.

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