William Gallas Opinions

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Speaking exclusively to Lord Ping, William Gallas said:

Chelsea might have to force to sell Mudryk to rival

Saliba can be the best centre-back in the world

Man City will beat Liverpool at Anfield 


On Chelsea

Q. It looks likely that Chelsea will sell Conor Gallagher to evade Financial Fair Play sanctions, is that disappointing? Has Gallagher been better than the £100m players, Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo?

WG: "When you spend £100m+ on players like Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo, they will have big expectations and you expect them to lead on the field. It hasn't happened, they're still young. Conor Gallagher is a Chelsea boy, he did not cost the club any money and the fans love him because of his commitment on the pitch. Gallagher runs a lot, you need players like him, if you compare him to Enzo and Caicedo, he is completely different. Gallagher is doing more for Chelsea than the other two, if he has to leave the club, the fans will be upset but they will understand why he has to leave, because of Financial Fair Play. It's hard to understand how Chelsea have put themselves in that position, the board has made a mistake in spending so much money that they now need to rely on selling homegrown players."

Q. Conor Gallagher is liked by the rest of the top six, if you were him, what would you do?

WG: "If I was Conor Gallagher, I would try to stay with Chelsea. In the end, it's the decision of the player. The club can't force him to leave if he doesn't want to. Chelsea will have to find another solution to solve the financial situation. If Gallagher wants to stay at Chelsea, he should not let himself leave."

Q. There have been rumours that Arsenal are still interested in signing Mykhailo Mudryk as they still see the potential in his ability. If Arsenal offered a big sum for the winger, should Chelsea accept the money?

WG: "If Arsenal still want Mykhailo Mudryk and come in with a big fee, Chelsea will have no option but to sell him because of their financial issues. How Chelsea have got themselves in this situation is confusing. Chelsea will need to think properly on how to sort out their problems, otherwise the fans will continue to be frustrated."

Q. The more you watch Nicolas Jackson, do you think it’s even more certain that Chelsea will spend big for someone like Victor Osimhen in the summer?

WG: "One player won't make the difference and change things around for Chelsea. Even if they buy one striker, you have to be sure the players around him have the quality to supply that striker. The squad is very young, so next year we may see an improvement in the team and they might compete for the Premier League. We have to see how many goals Nicolas Jackson will score, he has eight at the moment. If Jackson cannot reach 15 Premier League goals or more, then Chelsea need a top striker, because at the moment they don't have it."

Q. How long do you give Nicolas Jackson to prove his worth?

WG: "Nicolas Jackson has to prove now. If he doesn't reach between 15 and 20 Premier League goals, it will be difficult for him to keep a place in the team next season. Chelsea will sign a new striker. He has to take his opportunities now, whilst he has them, he needs to work very hard and become more consistent. That's what it takes to play at a big club like Chelsea."

Q. Was Gary Neville harsh to call Chelsea the ‘Blue Billion Pound Bottlejobs’ after they lost the Carabao Cup? Or was it fair?

WG: "What is harsh about Gary Neville's comments? Chelsea had so many opportunities to score goals, a lot more than Liverpool. The problem is with finals, you always remember the winner of the trophy. That game was more important for Chelsea than Liverpool, look at the clubs' situations. Chelsea are out of the Premier League title, they have no European football and the Carabao Cup final could have saved their season. Also, Liverpool did not have their full starting XI, on paper, Chelsea should have won that game and that makes it even more frustrating. In the end, Chelsea looked scared, I think Gary Neville's 'Blue Billion Pound Bottlejobs' comment is fair."

Q. Do Chelsea fans have the right to voice their opinion in the way that they have, or are they too quick to judge?

WG: "It's not too quick to judge. Chelsea used to be the best team in London, they won everything from the Premier League to the Champions League. When you are a Chelsea fan, you expect to challenge for the Premier League every year. It's been a few years since they have been able to challenge. Chelsea probably won't qualify for the Europa League, so they have the right to show their frustration. The club has too many young players, that's why they're not getting instant results. Also, Chelsea fans will be going to work every Monday and there will be friends joking and messaging about how they are performing, I understand the fans' frustration."


On Arsenal

Q. Were you frustrated to see Liverpool get the goal in the last minute against Nottingham Forest, with the help of a poor refereeing decision? It keeps Arsenal two points away from the top spot.

WG: "That game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest should have been a draw. That's why I can imagine it being frustrating as a manager. Taiwo Awoniyi could have cleared the ball, kicked it away and not tried to run with it. But when he lost it, a cross came in and Darwin Nunez scored that last-second goal. One point against Liverpool would be great, but they got no points due to an error from a player. After watching this game, I think Liverpool will drop points eventually, it's Man City who look very strong."

Q. If Arsenal were to sign a new striker, what happens to Gabriel Jesus? With the quality Arsenal have on the wings, would he want to leave the Gunners like he left Manchester City, in search of some game time?

WG: "Arsenal need a different type of profile to Gabriel Jesus. If they are linked to a striker it’s completely normal because you need different ways of playing to surprise the opponent. I'm not sure who Arsenal will buy, but they need a different way to score than how Jesus does."

Q. There has been a debate for years about who is better, Phil Foden or Bukayo Saka. What is your opinion? 

WG: "England and the Premier League have two of the best wingers with Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka. We have to wait until the end of the season before judging who is better than the other. At the moment, they have identical statistics in the Premier League and Champions League and are equally as important to their teams. We will see at the end of the season who is the better English winger."

Q. What level can William Saliba reach in his career?

WG: "William Saliba can go very far in his career, he can be the best centre-back in the world. But, before he can reach that level, he needs to win trophies and start for your country. Saliba needs to play in the World Cup and more in the Champions League, we know he has the potential but he needs to lift those trophies first. I hope to see him in the starting XI of the French national team. For the French national team, Saliba will need to show his maturity and produce consistent performances, because many of the French defenders are not consistent. But, it's tough competition the Hernandez brothers, Ibrahima Konate and Dayot Upamecano."

Q. From an Arsenal perspective, what result will you want from the Liverpool vs Manchester City game?

WG: "The best result for Arsenal will be a draw. But, I don't think it will be a draw because both teams will go all out for a win knowing Arsenal is close behind. I think Manchester City will win at Anfield, but I'm hoping they draw, to give Arsenal a chance to go top of the league."


On Bayern Munich

Q. There’s been a lot of talk about Harry Kane’s future following Bayern’s poor season, do you think he should consider a return to the Premier League?

WG: "This should not be a conversation, Harry Kane is the top goalscorer in the Bundesliga! Bayern Munich have not had great results, they're far behind Bayer Leverkusen. But you have to be honest about Kane, it's a new league and country, and he's scored 27 or more goals. It looks very difficult for Bayern to be league champions this season, but next year they will probably change the manager and try to get back to winning ways. It's too early to talk of Kane leaving."

Q. What’s gone wrong for Tuchel at Bayern? Is he destined for the Man United job?

WG: "I can't say what's gone wrong for Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich, maybe managers can tell you but I don't know. But, could I see Thomas Tuchel return to Premier League football to manage Manchester United or Chelsea? Anything can happen in football. Managers returning to the Premier League happens often, and the big clubs want the big managers who have won the Champions League, as Thomas Tuchel has.

“Last season, they finished 12th and this season they have to do better this season with Pochettino as their new coach. The problem is he has a lot of new players and they are young and don’t have experience - that’s why they’re not getting good results at the moment. 

“Chelsea are not consistent and that’s why fans are upset - you never know if they’ll win or lose a game and that’s why the fans are unhappy.  

“Chelsea fans don’t accept to be in their position and they’re used to them finishing top four or being champion and now the last time they were champions was seven years ago. They won the Champions League two years ago but the Prem is very important for the English fans and that’s why Pochettino has fans on his back.” 


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