Last Saturday, the great gang of South Americans from PSG (Navas, Rico, Icardi, Sarabia…) met in a Parisian polo club. With a car ride on the estate and the sweetness of the autumn afternoon. Thursday, an extended team played golf (Neymar, Paredes, Herrera, Di Maria, Sarabia, Icardi…). We were more used to evenings around a good meal or a few parties immortalized on the wives’ social networks. The curfew is there because, like the average person, Parisians are under house arrest after 9 p.m. Anyway, when they’re not playing.
“They will be in bed early,” smiles Mickaël Madar, consultant for Canal +. If they want to do bullshit, they can still do it in the afternoon, but at least they’ll be in bed earlier! The festive reputation of the capital is well established, even if all generations are not equal in terms of fascination for Parisian nights. “In my time, we went out, we drank, we came home at I don’t know what time and we had no one to tell us that our lactic acid level was too high,” continues the former Parisian striker. If I had been more serious, I would have made another career. Today, the players have to make even more efforts, but they are better surrounded than in our time. “
Menus available to players
The beginning of the Qatari era has contrasted with the previous seasons where a lot of good people rubbed shoulders. The international stars assumed most of their outings and did not hide it from Laurent Blanc, who preferred to compose his program with, rather than take risks. The current squad is in the same line, until firmly claiming the very festive birthdays of Cavani, Icardi and Di Maria, after a defeat, or that – sponsored – of Neymar. More discreetly, the end of the celibacy of some of the bon vivant of the workforce has somewhat limited the escapades which are now more family-oriented.
In any case, the current period is not trivial. “The curfew will play on several aspects, estimates Alexandre Marles, former manager of the club’s performance unit, particularly in charge of nutrition. This can have a negative impact on a psychological level, as the players need to rub shoulders off the pitch. This is the case for singles, but also for others who will spend all evenings with the family and who are not used to it. On the physical level, on the other hand, it is an advantage, because some never eat at home in the evening. It will be more calm and relaxing. And even if we have our food delivered, we pay more attention than in the restaurant where we can drink or eat more without even realizing it, because of the conviviality. “
PSG is undoubtedly the best structured club in France to support members of the team who would have difficulty managing isolation or new logistics. He can make menus available to players who wish. He also works with a luxury concierge capable of meeting the small and large needs of stars. Most have an additional home cook. And since the curfew does not concern work, the Parisians will still be outside regularly, with two games a week at night until November 7.
Article original de: www.leparisien.fr