Monaco then Lorient, Reims and Lille. In Ligue 1, Coupe de France or Coupe de la Ligue, PSG begins this Wednesday and until Sunday, February 26, less than 12 days, a series of four games outside its bases. A rare fact in a season that complicates physical preparation and, above all, recovery according to Thomas Tuchel, who targeted this Tuesday at a press conference, the meeting times.
"It's very difficult because it's always an extra effort to play at 9pm outside," said the Parisian coach. We come home very late, we sometimes go to bed at 3 am, 4 am, 5 am… The players are dead! They don't sleep. We have to manage the training schedules, let the players sleep so that they recover. We lose the rhythm. "
"These are games also for children"
Beyond his group, which will move to Monaco without certain players, Tuchel thinks of the public, spectators or viewers, who must watch late to follow these meetings. "I know classmates of my daughters at school who cannot watch these games," says the German, who is used to afternoon afternoon games in his native country. I'm serious. They are also games for children. Too bad. We played against a sixth division and it was at 9 pm ( Editor's note: the 32nd finals against Linas-Montlhéry ). It is a match for the families of players who will only have this opportunity once in their lives. It's a shame. "
Since the start of the season, all competitions combined (excluding the Champions Trophy disputed in China), PSG has only played 5 games in the afternoon (start at 5.30 p.m.) for 23 matches at 8.45 p.m. or 9 p.m.