Christophe Galtier after PSG’s defeat to Lorient: ‘There are too many players below their level’ – The Athletic

Paris Saint-Germain boss Christophe Galtier says “there are too many players below their level” following his side’s shock home defeat to Lorient in Ligue 1.
Galtier’s side lost 3-1 at the Parc des Princes on Sunday that saw the league leaders fall to their ninth defeat in all competitions this year.
Full-back Achraf Hakimi was also sent off after being shown two yellow cards in 15 minutes.
Galtier, 56, said: “Of course there is disappointment. You have to analyse the situation fairly, an additional defeat which really does not come at a good time.
“But when you start the way we did, you can’t expect more, when you do a first 20 minutes like ours. We defended very badly on the first two goals. We cannot end up 10 against 11 and be behind. Players have to react. You can’t have that kind of behaviour.
“All in all, it’s a big disappointment, you have to react quickly. We don’t know how many points we will have tonight (after Marseille versus Auxerre) and Tuesday (after Toulouse versus Lens).
“It takes collective and individual awareness, too many players are unfocused. Players have to push something. There are too many players below their level.”
Enzo Le Fee opened the scoring for Lorient before Hakimi was sent off in the 20th minute of the game.
Kylian Mbappe equalised for Galtier’s side but goals from Darlin Yongwa and Bamba Dieng sealed a memorable victory for the away side.
PSG’s football advisor Luis Campos revealed he visited the dressing room after the performance and that he is expecting “a reaction” from everyone involved.
“I found a very disappointed dressing room today and what I expect from everyone is a reaction,” Campos said to Canal Plus.
“It’s a word for everyone, the players, the technical staff, those who work every day at PSG: we must have a reaction and take the title at the end of the championship. We need to take some points, I’m sure we will but we can’t lose our minds.
“Today is a day when we must realise that we can do better, that we must do better and that we did not do everything to win this match.”
PSG are eight points clear of second-place Marseille at the top of Ligue 1 with five games remaining.
PSG, their midfield workers and the battle for balance in a team featuring Messi and Mbappe
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Omar Garrick is a Junior Editor for The Athletic UK, based in London. He previously worked at BBC Sport and The Manchester Evening News. Omar is a journalism graduate from Cardiff University and the University of Sheffield. Follow Omar on Twitter @GarrickOmar







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