The position facing Paris St. Germain in Ligue 1 is “not acceptable,” according to coach Christophe Galtier, after their advantage at the top of the standings was cut to six points before two crucial games.
PSG had a 10-point lead at the end of February, but they have now lost their past two games, giving the year off to its worst start in 22 years. On Saturday, they go to Nice, who have not lost in 12 games despite drawing their past four contests.
PSG, which has already been eliminated from the Champions League and the French Cup, will play the second-placed RC Lens next.
If Lens defeats Racing Strasbourg at home later on Friday, they would theoretically draw level with PSG on points scored.
“These are crucial games. Nice has gone on a prodigious undefeated streak with new coach Didier Digard. Lens will be here after that, but Nice is first “During a press conference on Friday, Galtier said.
“We all understand that we need to do more, even myself. Also, we need to be more outgoing and proud of ourselves. Our predicament is unacceptable. We must respond rather than act.”
Galtier cautioned that despite PSG’s advantage, they might still lose the championship at the conclusion of the year.
“Clearly, we need to escape from this downward spiral. For Paris St. Germain, an 11th championship is on the line. We have a six-point advantage, I said to the guys. How do we apply these six criteria, though? Do we act or do we let ourselves become stuck?”
Forward Kylian Mbappe, who has hip discomfort but will play on Saturday, blasted the team on Thursday after it exploited his appearance in a video to promote season ticket sales without telling him how it would be used.
“Commenting on this is incredibly tough since it involves Kylian and the team. Kylian was in a great mood this morning and was grinning. He had to end the training session early due to hip pain, but it will not prevent him from playing in the Nice match “Galtier said.
“I am aware that Kylian and management have had several conversations. The situation, or miscommunication, has been resolved.”