Kimpembé congratulates Draxler after his goal against Metz, September 16, 2020. -

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At the Parc des Princes,

Little unintentional joke to begin with.

We watched Thomas Tuchel drag his misery on crutches to reach the stage of the press conference when the German promised us that "it was the last time" that we saw him with and that he would try to do without. from Saturday before Nice.

For our part, because we are a bit perverse, we immediately thought that it could have been the last time we saw each other, as PSG came close to the tragedy in front of a damn cheeky Metz team at the Park, like since the start of the season.

It was over this time, but the German coach did not look more happy than that.

Like us, he feels his group on edge from the fishtail end in Lisbon.


🗨️ “I'm super proud, very happy!

We deserved it »

📟 Thomas #Tuchel does not sulk (really) his pleasure even if the @PSG_inside was scared against the @FCMetz #telefootlachaine #NightClub

- TELEFOOT LA CHAINE DU FOOT (@telefoot_chaine) September 16, 2020

"The team was dead in the locker room"

We leave to colleagues who have more information than us the rumors on the growing gap between Tuchel and some of his players, who would not fail, among other things, to pile up from behind on the preferred tactic of the staff "Give the ball in Ney, look for Ney ”, to be interested in the carburetor.

Are the PSG (already) playing on the rim, when we would be quite incapable of knowing what the physical state of the troops looks like after an earlier recovery than the others, a Final 8 at high intensity while the rest of the L1 was polishing its preparation, and finally a slew of positive Covid under the sun of Ibiza?

If Marquinhos, back in central defense, suggested that the group was "in the recovery phase", implying that everything would be in order quickly, Tuchel was a little more worried than his captain.

“The team was dead in the locker room.

We use a lot of players when they have not done a single training, like Marqui or Mauro [Icardi], we use too much Angel [Di Maria] and Gana [Gueye], and today Abdou [Diallo] was back then that he hadn't been playing for a very long time.

The four behind had never evolved together.

And now I expect a big injury from Bernat ”.

Bernat seriously injured?

The Spanish full-back, of whom it is not known if the entry was planned or if it was imposed by itself in view of De Bakker's difficulties during the second half, put the flashing light before the stoppage of play because of a big pain in the knee following a shock with Kimpembé.

Big sprain or ligaments, it is not the same sparkling water, but it is one more problem for Tuchel obliged to count the dead, the deserters, and the soldiers put in irons after the great battle of the classic.


💬 “The most important thing was the victory”

💪Despite the success in pain of #PSG against #Metz (1-0), @ marquinhos_m5 is relieved to have stopped the spiral of defeat #telefootlachaine

- TELEFOOT LA CHAINE DU FOOT (@telefoot_chaine) September 16, 2020

Against Metz, in addition to the suspended wagon, Verratti and Kehrer were missing, affected in the adductors, not sure to return Sunday against Nice, where Tuchel still hopes to recover Kylian Mbappé.

“He's feeling good, he's been positive but he's never had any symptoms.

He has been training individually for a few days now, it is not forbidden for him to train with us on Saturday, we will decide at that time ”.

His return will not be too much to support poor Icardi, still quite clumsy on Wednesday despite a slight improvement in sequences.

Mbappé hoped for Nice

We can blame the German for a certain reluctance to launch the kids who must impatiently paw on the bench.

They at least are cool as the morning dew, and it wouldn't have cost much to give Ruiz or Kalimuendo ten or fifteen minutes, for example.

But Draxler emerged and in a way rewarded the stubbornness of the tauliers of the day, who never gave up pushing, including nine against eleven after the exit of Bernat.

This may also mean that they are not that rinsed out, but the accumulation of pips on the right to the left makes us more inclined to overwork, with a high risk of future breakage.

To be honest, we saw each other a few years back, 2015 by memory, at the end of a scenario in the same vein against Caen.

Injuries to tire-larigot and PSG forced to play nine to finish.

Except that it was in March and it was starting to smell like the stable.

There, it's a bit early to end up with a crimson team.


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