Galtier admits PSG may have underestimated their third division opponents in the Coupe de France
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Christophe Galtier admitted that his Paris Saint-Germain players may have underestimated Chateauroux in Friday’s clash against the Coupe de France.
PSG eventually won the tie at the Stade Gaston Petit 3-1 thanks to late goals from Carlos Soler and Juan Bernat, but their third division opponents had put up a tough fight for them by then.
Without Lionel Messi, Neymar or Kylian Mbappe, PSG relied on 20-year-old Hugo Ekitike to give them an early lead before Natanael Ntolla leveled before half-time through a deflection from El Chadaille Bitshiabu.
Late pressure eventually bore fruit for Galtier’s side, however, as Soler and Bernat both scored and the PSG boss was just happy to finish in the last 32.
“It’s the satisfaction of being qualified,” he said. “Games like this are difficult. The start went as I had expected. After that my team was split in two and that gave Chateauroux a lot of hope.
“Did we think it was going to be easy? Perhaps.”
It’s over! 3-1 victory for the Parisians in Châteauroux and qualification for the round of 16 of the #CoupeDeFrance!
— Paris Saint Germain (@PSG_English) January 6, 2023
The former Lille and Nice manager made seven changes from the team that started the 3-1 defeat at Lens last time out, including teenage trio Ismael Gharbi, Bitshiabu and 16-year-old Warren Zaire-Emery.
Although the visitors had Sergio Ramos and Fabian Ruiz brought on in place of Bitshiabu and Gharbi just after the hour mark, Galtier was pleased with the youngsters’ performance as he had expected a tough evening with several first-team players absent after the World Cup.
“I was happy with the young players,” he said. “They were serious and on pace. I really liked Ismael in the game. Warren had a good level. El Chadaille was unhappy [about the goal against].
“I expected a complex game with the absence of many players and the different states of form. We’ll see which ones we’ll restore for Angers [on Wednesday].
“Teams that had a lot of players at the World Cup find it difficult to restart at the beginning of the year. We will have to focus on the goals again quickly.”