Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) manager Christophe Galtier said that they need a ‘wake-up call’ after they slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Rennes in the Ligue 1.
The defeat to Rennes was the second PSG have suffered in the five games they have so far played since club football action resumed after the end of FIFA World Cup 2022.
PSG suffered their first defeat of the 22/23 season when Lens secured a 3-1 win over them in a Ligue 1 fixture at the start of the year 2023. Despite two defeats in their last three league games, PSG continues to sit atop the Ligue 1 points table.
The defending Ligue 1 champions have 47 points from 19 matches in the French top flight so far in the 22/23 season. They enjoy a three-point lead over Lens, who sits second in the points table.
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‘We need a wake-up call’ – Christophe Galtier reacts after PSG’s defeat to Rennes
In the PSG vs Rennes Ligue 1 fixture, the latter scored the only goal of the game in the 65th minute, through Hamari Traore. PSG, despite dominating possession, could only manage to register one shot on target.
Speaking after the match, Christophe Galtier insisted he is not worried but stressed that they need a wake-up call.
Christophe Galtier also said that the PSG squad ‘have been scattered for eight weeks’ and that they need to regain the cohesiveness and pace.
“We need to find our game back. We knew this would be a difficult game, and it was,” Christophe Gatlier told L’Equipe after the game. He added: “We had the ball, but we failed to threaten them. Rennes defended with too much ease. I’m not worried, but we need a wake-up call. The World Cup is over. We’ve been scattered for eight weeks. We have to retrieve some cohesiveness and pace.
“This is a tight league, but I’m not used to watching the standings. I’m focusing on performances, and I have work to do.“
Meanwhile, PSG will take on US Pays de Cassel in the Round of 32 of the French Cup in their next game. The Parisians’ next game in Ligue 1 is against Reims, who sit 11th in the points table.