Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier believes that Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League triumph over Chelsea on Wednesday evening is good news for French football.
PSG and Chelsea drew 1-1 in the first leg at the Parc des Princes and knew they needed to score in the return fixture at Stamford Bridge.
They survived both the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a red card and the loss of two goals to draw 2-2 in extra time and win the tie on away goals.
“It’s a good thing for French football that we have Paris in the quarter-finals,” began Galtier, speaking to France Football, “and I hope that Monaco will join them. I am also very happy that a French manager has qualified for the quarter-final of the Champions League for a third time.
“I thought that Paris were very good, superior to Chelsea in both matches. As well as the quality of their play, and their athletic strength, I also thought they were mentally very strong, particularly after Ibra’s sending off.”
Saint-Etienne will themselves meet Paris in the semi-final of the French Cup on April 8.