Former coach of Ajax, Barça or Bayern, Louis Van Gaal (69) plays judge in the newspaper The team as Euro football comes to an end on Sunday. In the lot of criticism of the Dutch technician, PSG is not at the wedding. Like the team of France or Portugal, Paris Saint-Germain is not a team in his eyes.
“Imagine that you are training Mbappé… (he smiles) I think it’s complicated. It’s a challenge. Physically and technically, he is a fantastic player. But tactically, he is not yet at the highest level. When you can pass, dribble and lose the ball – and it happens a lot -, is he playing for the team at this time? I’m wondering. Are you showing modesty? Do you see the implications for your teammates? This kind of things. Do you think Neymar plays for the team? (laughs) I don’t think so. I like the phenomenon which is able to manage its environment. Players like Kanté and Modric are an example of good players who work for the team. PSG will never win the C1 as long as it does not play as a team. It is not a question of talent but of personalities who must play together! And of course interactions between the coach and the players, between collective interest and individual investment. Everyone has to accept the character and personality of each player, even the big star. How do we do it? With a lot of meetings. Collective and individual because you cannot humiliate a player in front of the others. But above all collective: in front of the group, a player does not say that he does not agree. When a player is the star of the team, he believes he has the power and is untouchable. Wijnaldum ? PSG recovers one more team player. It’s a good thing for the group’s balance and they will love it. He’s a good level player, not the top level, but he is tough, fantastic, he has the nose to come within 16 meters and score lots of goals. I like this kind of player who is able to project and get back on track at the right time, not when it’s too late. I like players who give their all for the team and still be creative. ”