The infirmary is gradually emptying in Paris, but many players are still unavailable or uncertain.
Which PSG in Monaco this Friday? A diminished PSG, once again. And a PSG which will already have its head turned to Leipzig next Tuesday. “We absolutely want to win against Leipzig and we must therefore have the opportunity to win tomorrow while managing the minutes to have the freshest possible team on Tuesday evening,” said Thomas Tuchel. No question of taking risks before this round of 16 of the Champions League, therefore.
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This concerns players who are victims of physical problems, but also internationals, such as Marquinhos, Leo Paredes, Angel Di Maria, Danilo Pereira or Alessandro Florenzi, the latter having played on Wednesday. “We have to be very careful, very intelligent to manage the minutes”, summarizes Tuchel, estimating that it would be for example “a great risk” to align Marquinhos and Paredes, very used with Brazil and Argentina. “For Di Maria, it’s a little different because he played less. Today, we have to test, speak with the doctors to find out if it is possible that he has a few minutes. Florenzi only played half, but that was yesterday (Wednesday). It means another game, another trip, another late return … These are key points for recovery. We still lack recovery and we have to manage the two matches together. “
“We are in a situation in C1 which implies that it is necessary to take the two matches into consideration”
Understand that Tuchel will adapt the playing times of each other while thinking of the Monaco-Leipzig sequence. “Normally you know I take the matches one by one. But we are in a situation in the Champions League which implies that it is necessary to take both matches into consideration, ”he explains. This already gives some indications for the composition of Friday …
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We already know that Marco Verratti, Mauro Icardi, Julian Draxler, Idrissa Gueye, Thilo Kherer and Juan Bernat will be missing. If the last two nominated, with a pubalgia and a serious knee injury, still have it for a while, “Drax” and “Gana” will only resume next week with the group and are therefore withdrawn for Leipzig too. Moreover, the Senegalese is suspended in C1. For Verratti and Icardi, there is a little hope. “They might be available for Leipzig, that would be great, but what can we expect from them? It would be the first time that they are with the team or on the bench (for many weeks) “, notes Tuchel, assuring however that everything will be done to have them and take advantage of” their positive influence in the locker room and on the bench, and also if they can enter the field for a few minutes ”. All while slipping some bad news about the “Little Owl”: “Marco has to take a little break for a day or two because he had a little reaction. Mauro, I’m waiting for him to be able to do training today to work this weekend. And I hope he can help us against Leipzig. ”
Neymar and Kean hoped for in Monaco
For Kylian Mbappé, no worries. He played 30 minutes with the Blues, Tuchel is delighted and the 21-year-old world champion will play in Monaco. It remains to be seen how long. Pablo Sarabia is also operational. And Neymar? “It’s a little different because he hasn’t played for Brazil. He has been with us for a few days. He started training yesterday, but he only did the first part. We want to accelerate today, to do a little more. And I’m confident he can play for a few minutes tomorrow. We have to wait for the training and the reaction today ”, explains the Bavarian. Remember that the Brazilian, hit in the thigh, has not played since the end of October. It is therefore important to give it some rhythm.
Moise Kean also returned earlier than expected from his internship with the Italian team (knee contusion). He is uncertain for Monaco, like Neymar. Although, the former Juve is hoped. “We have to wait for training, but I have the impression that he will be with us,” says Thomas Tuchel. It is therefore an equation with multiple unknowns for the German coach. Although, there is a very simple fact: Paris must win against Leipzig. This is the priority. Note that Presnel Kimpembe will be suspended for the “Champions”. It will also be taken into account in Louis II.
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