Calendar, extended vacation, Galtier… Five questions before recovery

DECRYPTION – Everything you need to know ahead of Paris-SG’s resumption this Monday at Camp des Loges.

Back to school at Paris Saint-Germain. While all other Ligue 1 clubs have already returned to training, starting with Monaco on June 18, the reigning French champions officially start the 2022/23 season on Monday. A recovery like no other after a season that was painful in many ways, the soap opera Kylian Mbappé and various organizational chart changes. The President’s speech in recent weeks breathed a touch of novelty. In the meantime, it’s time to get down to business, first at Camp des Loges, ahead of Japan and Israel, for the Parisians, who are more eagerly awaited than ever.

Which recovery program?

The Reds and Blues are expected at Camp des Loges this Monday, most of them (see elsewhere) for a series of medical and physical tests. Which tests will continue behind closed doors at 4.30pm on Tuesday before the first practice session. The week’s other work sessions, before enjoying a day off on Sunday, are scheduled for 10:30am, still behind closed doors.

When will the internationals return?

All players are not housed in the same boat. In that case, those who played matches with their respective national teams that summer were entitled to an extra week’s vacation. They are not expected in Saint-Germain-en-Laye until July 11. This applies, for example, to the three-color internationals Kylian Mbappé and Presnel Kimpembe. Vitinha, the first Paris signing of the off-season, made two appearances for the Seleçao in June. The young (22-year-old) Portuguese international will still be part of the first car: he “will experience his first moments in his new work environment at the beginning of the week‘ we specify. Speaking of the transfer window, the square of the club’s new football agent, Luis Campos, Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan), Renato Sanches (Lille) and Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo) represent the most advanced files. We also talked about Seko Fofana (Lens). As for the departure, you probably need to speak more with Antero Henrique. To see if Neymar Jr will be concerned…

What friendlies on the menu?

After a little less than two weeks of training for the leaders, Paris Saint-Germain have the opportunity to face US Quevilly-Rouen Métropole (League 2) in a first friendly on July 15 at the Camp des Loges. The Norman training coach is also a well-known figure, Olivier Echouafni, former coach of the women’s department of Paris-SG. There is no tour in sight for Mbappé and Co., the meeting will be held behind closed doors. This will more likely be the case during a two-week internship in Japan. Operation seduction. The Parisians fly to Asia the day after the game against QRM. The program includes three new test runs against local teams, Kawasaki Frontale (Wednesday, July 20, 12:30 p.m.), Urawa Red Diamonds (Saturday, July 23, 12:00 p.m.) and Gamba Osaka (Monday, July 25, August 12). Watch).

When is the first official game?

Like last year, the 2022/23 season will start in Tel Aviv (Israel). This is where the Champions Trophy takes place between the Parisian French champions and FC Nantes by Antoine Kombouaré, holder of the Coupe de France. Ironically, the Canaries won that title at the expense of OGC Nice by… Christophe Galtier (see elsewhere). Let’s see if the Moroccan international Achraf Hakimi will be whistled at by the Israeli public again this year… The pro-Palestinian views of the person concerned were not to the liking of the local populace last year. However, a week later, on August 5, 6 or 7 at the Gabriel Monpied stadium in Clermont, the Parisians begin defending their L1 title. First game at Parc des Princes the following week against Montpellier. The Champions League? Group draw scheduled for August 25 in Istanbul and matchday one scheduled for September 6-7.

Christophe Galtier present at the recovery?

Everything points to it, although we’re still waiting for the press release that will formalize his appointment in place of Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked after a year and a half on the PSG bench. Christophe Galtier, 55, who was previously passed by Saint-Etienne (2009-17), Lille (2017-21) and Nice (2021-22), was also present at Camp des Loges at the end of the week. The technician from Marseille will be presented in his new role on Tuesday.

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