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Why mid-table clubs should target Christophe Galtier

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Why European mid-table clubs with a decent financial background should target French Ligue 1 outfit club Nice manager Christophe Galtier

Any mid-table club with a decent financial background and has a good recruitment strategy in England, Spain or Italy looking to take the leap above should be looking into Christophe Galtier. His work at St.Étienne, Lille and OGC Nice speaks for itself. An absolute miracle worker.

He took over Saint. Étienne mid December 2009 when they were in danger of relegation, successfully guided them to safety in his first season and then finished in the top 10 of Ligue 1 for the next seven consecutive seasons with four of those seasons ending in a European place.

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AS Saint Étienne also won its first trophy in 32 years under Christophe Galtier. After ASSE, he took over Lille (again in mid December 2017) when the club was in the 18th place in the league and managed to finish the season by avoiding relegation by one point.


Christophe Galtier was then appointed as the new head of OGC Nice (who finished 9th in the previous season) and has guided them to fourth place this 2021/22 season after just a year of taking over. Nice almost won a trophy as they finished the Coupe de France as the runner-up.

Christophe Galtier is praised by many pundits for his ability to develop young talent and getting the best out of a given squad, but what interests me most is his tactical application (despite not being seen as that figurehead). There are a lot of interesting roles in the side he coaches.

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His teams usually play a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 role but that morphs into a 4-2-2-2 in possession. They can build on the ball in 3-2 shape or a regular back four. The midfielders and forwards do not stay on the same vertical lines and often move to find the ‘hole’ to get out of pressure or progress the ball.

They are comfortable on the ball in possession, have good pressing principles and moreover he can coach a mid block. His defensive organization is simply incredible. Maybe I’ll write a piece on this sometime. Anyway, I’d love to see him work in the Top three leagues. A wonder coach.

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