March 26, 2023

Long before he became PSG coach, Christophe Galtier played for Olympique de Marseille. One evening in April 2000, he faced AS Monaco of David Trezeguet. The latter remembered an episode.

Appointed coach of Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2022, Christophe Galtier is regularly in the spotlight. Following the new European failure of his team, once again eliminated in the knockout stages of the Champions League, the Parisian coach has turned into a defender of his players. A position he had quickly assimilated when starting his career on the bench. Witness this episode dating from April 7, 2000, which a certain David Trezeguet remembered.

In an interview published Sunday by The Team, the 1998 world champion spoke of the altercation that took place in the corridors of the Vélodrome, during a boiling Marseille-Monaco. ASM striker, Trezeguet notably played alongside Marcelo Gallardo, then at the height of his career. That evening against an OM in great difficulty and on the verge of relegation, the Argentinian had some Phocaeans unpinned, including Christophe Galtier. David Trezeguet told what remains for him “the biggest fight” he has witnessed during his career.

He spat in the face and insulted everyone

Marseille-Monaco, a hot match in the always incredible atmosphere of the Vélodrome! We were close to winning the Championship and Marseille was very bad at that time, they were playing for maintenance. We lost 1-0 at halftime and there was this fight in the tunnel. “According to his version, ” the Marseillais waited for Gallardo to corner him. And he took a red. “David Trezeguet then assured:” We still do not know for what reason, he was the victim. ” Involved in this brawl, Christophe Galtier, then assistant coach at OM, had received a red for ” exchange of blows“, recalls the media.

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The current PSG coach was interviewed on the subject by So Foot in 2016. His version of his role was as follows: “ I was one of the first to get into the tunnel to prevent it from going away, and here we go. Marcelo was a very great player, but he could freak out his opponents. He spat in the face and insulted everyone. I said to security: ‘Get around him, he’ll go away.’ He thinks I hit him from behind, he insults me and spits in my face. There were three people next to him (Ivan De La Pena, Peter Luccin and Christophe Galtier, editor’s note). And in those three, there are two who have caught it. He ended up in pieces, but I never took him by the hair… “More than two decades later, the story is in any case still remembered.

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