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Between injuries and pressure, a puzzle in sight for Tuchel

The task of the Parisian coach promises to be complicated in the coming weeks, and from this Friday in Nîmes.

Back to current affairs. Two weeks straight after the tennis set won against Angers (6-1), PSG returns to the French championship this Friday (9 p.m.), with a trip to Nîmes, on behalf of the seventh day. The start of a marathon that will see the French champions play seven matches in three weeks, including three Champions League matches, starting with a duel with the scent of revenge against Manchester United, next Tuesday (9 p.m.), behind closed doors . Good news ? In addition to Mauro Icardi, Sergio Rico and Alessandro Florenzi, Danilo Pereira, Moise Kean and Rafinha have come to swell the Parisian ranks. In addition, the Rouge et Bleu have regained color as the infirmary emptied and remain on a series of four straight wins in Ligue 1 (Metz, Nice, Reims, Angers), after starting the exercise 2020-21 by two losses to Lens (1-0) and against the Marseille rival (0-1). Except that the picture is less idyllic than it seems. Especially if we look at Thomas Tuchel’s point of view, faced with multiple puzzles.

The infirmary is full again before Nîmes and MU

First, the infirmary is full. Marco Verratti, Marquinhos and Julian Draxler returned injured from their internship in selection. They will not go to the Gard this Friday and are uncertain against MU. Thilo Kehrer and Mauro Icardi, them, are already forfeited for Tuesday in C1. Ander Herrera (Covid-19), Danilo (contact case), Angel Di Maria, Layvin Kurzawa (suspended) and Juan Bernat (injured) will not play against the Crocs either. That’s nine absences. Maybe ten, with Colin Dagba (contact case)! All while Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Leo Paredes and the internationals played until Wednesday in the selection.

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Do not throw any more! If Leonardo had to be “inventive” during the transfer window, Tuchel will have to do the same to compose his eleven this Friday and avoid implosion in the weeks to come. “If we only have 11, 12 or 13 players able to start, it’s easier to choose,” he smiles. Among them, we may find Kean, or more certainly Rafinha, hard at work for two weeks at Camp des Loges.

Tuchel and Leonardo will not go on vacation together …Panoramic

Decreased, however, PSG will not go to Nîmes on vacation. “It’s my challenge to find solutions. I want us to find an ambitious, courageous team that we can push, which will be able to attack and score a lot of goals, a team which will not only go to Nîmes to play, manage the minutes, prepare Manchester ”, insists Tuchel . Besides, “the best way to prepare for the reception of MU” is still to win. Not to mention the classification, with Paris (12 pts) within shooting range of the leading trio, Rennes, Lille (14 pts) and Lens (13 pts). “It’s a big challenge because it will not stop during this season,” he still predicts, highlighting a “huge and demanding” schedule, with little or no “phase to recover”. Hence the need to strum on “a group with a lot of depth”. And it was also the object of his warning shot, before PSG-Angers … Charge against the policy of Leonardo. “I’m afraid that we will pay the price in October, November, December, January”, he had said about the possibility of an end of transfer window without recruit.

“I never take anything personally in football”

Thomas tuchel

Warning shot to which Leonardo had responded with a crop of the driest. And that’s the other minefield-shaped setting for the Bavarian. Certainly, a coach and his sports director do not need to go on vacation together. Moreover, even within the “tight-knit” group of PSG, there were sometimes “conflicts”, says Tuchel. But the first named has every interest in being irreproachable when he is in the sights of the second. “We had no contact afterwards,” explains Tuchel, who “never takes anything personally in football” and ensures that he has since concentrated on his work as a coach.

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Charge to him not to take his head out of the woods too much. In the meantime, he persists and signs on the merits, noting that it is “sometimes important to give (his) opinion (…) to protect (his) players and (his) team”. And to add, about Parisian ambitions: “If we don’t have an injury, we have a very strong team and we can expect a lot from us. (…) I hope we will keep good health to be competitive. ” One thing is certain: nothing will be forgiven Thomas Tuchel in the weeks and months to come. And overall until the end of the season and his contract. It’s up to him to make the most of the potential of his team. With Neymar and Mbappé in good shape, it will be easier. That’s good, they are, like their performance with the Seleçao and the Blues.


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