PSG coach Christophe Galtier has come out in support of Lionel Messi over the ‘Emiliano Martinez mocking Mbappe’ matter, where Messi was standing right beside him.
The coach told the media,
“I’m not going to comment on how to celebrate, that belongs to the Argentinians. I don’t have to deal with that case. I saw Kylian and Leo hold hands after the final. There is a lot of respect between the two players. There was an exemplary attitude from Kylian, I saw Kylian congratulate Leo and the coach (Lionel Scaloni). It’s not Leo who [mocked], we have to leave Leo out of it. There’s no reason to mix everything up, I don’t have to comment on the goalkeeper’s reaction. Kylian had a very good attitude. He showed a lot of class by going to congratulate Leo. It’s good for the club and the team.”
The World Cup celebrations of Messi’s teams had turned controversial when the goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez mocked Mbappe, first in the changing room immediately after the triumph and later on the bus during the celebratory ride through Buenos Aires. Martinez was spotted carrying a baby doll with Mbappe’s face on it, while Messi was standing next to him on the bus. This sparked controversy and led to criticisms on why Messi didn’t stop Martinez from mocking his PSG team-mate Mbappe.
When asked about the return of Mbappe and Hakimi very soon, the coach said,
“I do not think so. There was the desire for Hakimi and Mbappé to come back and play the two matches. As long as they are physically and mentally well, we had no interest in depriving ourselves of them. It will be necessary to see the management to be able to air their calendar (in January). We have a thought on that.”
Galtier also revealed that PSG’s Neymar is also doing physically well and “on a mental level, he really wants to play. It’s a good sign.”