Difficult to keep smiling for Thomas Tuchel. The only good news came from his words of conciliation vis-à-vis Leonardo: “I heard what he said. I gave my opinion because it is my job as a coach. But I repeat, I don’t take it personally. Things are clear, we can move forward. “The German therefore temporarily puts aside the dissensions with his sports director, ten days after the end of the transfer window and the arrivals of Moise Kean, Rafinha and Danilo Pereira.
Go forward then, but with whom? Because for the trip this Friday evening to Nîmes, the PSG group is literally decimated. Among the recruits, Danilo will not be on the trip, being identified as a “contact case” of Cristiano Ronaldo, tested positive for Covid-19 in selection. The Portuguese did not participate in Thursday’s collective training and must remain isolated before being able to discover the Lodges camp.
The Covid-19 pandemic almost prevented the presence of Ander Herrera and Colin Dagba. But the first, after a week of isolation, was well this Thursday in Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Yvelines) with his teammates. The second, after a third negative test, is no longer identified as a “contact case”. The two men could be on the plane which will take off for Nîmes at the end of the morning this Friday. At the heart of a very limited group, which will have difficulty reaching more than 16 or 17 players.
Icardi, Marquinhos, Verratti, Draxler injured
Juan Bernat continues to recover after his anterior cruciate ligament surgery on his left knee. Thilo Kehrer cultivates the mystery. The versatile defender has not played since September 13 and will be absent “for several weeks”, according to his coach. Officially affected in the adductors, he does not even participate in collective sessions. And the list of injured has grown in this international truce. Marquinhos returned from Brazil with a muscle injury to his left thigh. Julian Draxler (Achilles tendon) and Marco Verratti left Germany and Italy also injured.
Finally, Mauro Icardi “was injured last Wednesday in the internal ligament of a knee”, said Tuchel. The Argentinian will not play at the Costières stadium in Nîmes either. “Even with fewer players, it is not a lessened team, it is a very high level team, retorts Jérôme Arpinon, coach of the Nîmes Crocos. It is a pride to receive the finalist of the Champions League. We have a lot of respect for our opponent. I know the coach across the way is respectful to teams like us. “
What to do with Neymar and Mbappé?
The big question revolves around the Parisian stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. Mobilized in the selection, both played 180 minutes (2 games) and 220 minutes (3 games) respectively in less than a week. “We have to be responsible. It’s not the same to play at home or away, ”Tuchel recalls of the internationals. Leandro Paredes, 160 minutes with Argentina, of which more than an hour was played at 3500 m altitude in La Paz (Bolivia), is also concerned. But the middle participated in the collective session on Thursday, unlike Neymar and Mbappé, who remained indoors.
All the physical trainers proclaim it: the psychological pressure of international matches, long journeys by plane, jet lag, lack of sleep… So many factors that favor muscle injuries. The style of play of a Mbappé or a Neymar, focused on fast races and downforce, calls for the greatest caution. Even more if we think of the Champions League and the reception of Manchester United, from Tuesday.
Fortunately for Tuchel, some are well and truly ready. Starting with Rafinha, recruited on the gong on October 5th. The Brazilian will make his Parisian debut in Nîmes. Moise Kean, Icardi’s attack double, could also play his first minutes. As for the titis Bandiougou Fadiga or Kays Ruiz-Atil, they should take advantage of the absence of many executives to save playing time. Just like Jesé, who remained indoors on Thursday, but who should be part of the group.
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