Thomas Tuchel and PSG travel this Saturday to Nantes without Di Maria (suspended) or Icardi, Draxler, Paredes, Verratti and Neymar, all injured. The Parisian coach easily recognizes that composing his team will not be easy three days after a long trip to Turkey.
Do you fear the frantic pace of your players, especially for the internationals who will be returning to the selection in ten days?
THOMAS TUCHEL. We’re going to kill the players. There is a great correlation between preparation, performance and rest phases. In football, we always take the best players, because they also play for their country. They have trips. For me it’s too much, we don’t have a phase to recover. There is no secret in sport. We came home overnight from Wednesday to Thursday. The next day, we know from experience that this is the day when there is the greatest risk of injury, so we do almost nothing. We’re training today with the guys who haven’t played in Turkey. Then tomorrow we leave to play in L1. We lose a lot of players in each match, but this is the case with other European teams. If we continue like this, we will have no more players.
What is Neymar’s news?
It’s a small injury to the adductors. We’re sad for him. He will come back after the international break. For me, it’s not possible that he plays with Brazil. It would be a bad message.
How do you approach containment?
We also have a daily life, we are also men not just players and coaches. We are worried, this has an influence. Our responsibility is to adapt to all the rules. We have confidence in Mr. Macron and Ms. Merkel. We will adapt to the rules. We have a lot of tests, we start to get used to having something in our nose (smiles). If we are tested, we can do the training. This is the rule today. And I realize that it is a great privilege for me to be able to work.
What are your first impressions of Moise Kean who has just scored two braces in two games?
It’s very easy, because the best thing to be integrated into a club and a dressing room for a striker is to score. It helps a lot. For me the most important thing is that he continues to put intensity, to use his physical capacity and to have a great influence in our game. He must continue like that, to challenge the opposing central defenders and to control the ball. His challenge is to continue. He can play second striker, maybe his best position. But if we play three in front, he can occupy the center, left or right.
Kehrer has returned to Istanbul. Will he play in Nantes and in which position do you plan to install him this season?
Already, Kehrer has done only one training before Basaksehir. We always take risks now with the players as with Gueye. But we play every three days … In each club, there is competition for positions. Thilo is a big competition for Florenzi (right) and Danilo Pereira (in the middle). We need quality in all positions. We need his physique, his speed, his strength in duels. He was a key player last year. We missed him very much. I can’t say where he’s going to play, but I know he has quality.
Do you expect to launch more young players and on what criteria do you trust them?
If there are opportunities, young people must seize it. The criteria are quality, but above all desire. They should not wait for this to happen, it is not enough. They have to fight to get every minute on a team like this. There are great expectations for them. It’s not easy, because they often train with each other, so they have to adapt. And if they get the chance, they have to show up.
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