After Paris Saint-Germain suffered three more wounds in a goalless Ligue 1 draw with Lille, Thomas Tuchel cautioned that such a challenging schedule would “kill the players”
Before meeting fellow title hopefuls Lille at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, with Neymar and Mauro Icardi among the stars to be sidelined, Tuchel had already had to deal with a lengthy list of absentees.
Kylian Mbappe is still not completely fit and was limited on his 22nd birthday to a late substitute appearance as the champions missed an opportunity to go top at the expense of their opponents.
In Monday’s (AEDT) confrontation, PSG then lost Presnel Kimpembe, Alessandro Florenzi, and Layvin Kurzawa, so they face the possibility of becoming even more exhausted when they take on Strasbourg on Thursday.
Following a stalemate that leaves his side a point behind leaders Lille and second-placed Lyon, Tuchel hit out over the fixture list.
After PSG’s first goalless Ligue 1 draw since taking over, he told Telefoot: “You already know my opinion, we’re going to kill the players.”
“At nine o’clock [in the evening], we are still allowed to play. We lack the speed to feed, to sleep, to heal. So it’s going to stay like this.
“Today, we miss Neymar, Kylian, Mauro, Juan (Bernat). Are we surprised? No. Three new players are injured now. Well done.”
The return of Captain Marquinhos from a hip injury was a positive and the defender knows that PSG must be more ruthless after only one of their eight shots was on goal, especially wasteful for Moise Kean.
“We were able to control the match but we could have been more dangerous,” Telefoot said to the skipper.