We can not have everything.
Three days after the nervousness displayed in the wake of the featureless success won in front of Leipzig (1-0), Thomas Tuchel has found a smile.
Still not all of his troops.
On the eve of receiving Bordeaux, this Saturday evening, 9 p.m., at the Parc des Princes, the German technician has on the contrary confirmed that he should do without the services of Marquinhos, spared for 48 hours following a small alert to adductors.
A package which, for the time being, does not mortgage the Parisian captain's participation in the trip to Manchester next Wednesday in the Champions League.
But an absence which is added to those of Julian Draxler (recovery), Thilo Kehrer (pubalgie), Juan Bernat (knee) and Abdou Diallo (suspended) which will force Tuchel to upset his defense by, in particular, lowering Danilo Pereira in hinge central.
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Good news, however, since after having illuminated the sad Parisian game for ten minutes against Leipzig, the returning Marco Verratti will be fit for service.
Will Idrissa Gueye and Mauro Icardi also be among them?
Thomas Tuchel and his staff were to determine after the afternoon session if the Senegalese and the Argentinian were able to return to the group.
For Gueye, a presence on the scoresheet against Bordeaux would already be a big step.
The Senegalese, who had already been hit in an ankle in Nice at the end of September, suffered a muscle alert against Manchester a month later before injuring his biceps femoris against Rennes on November 7, admittedly resumed training normally this week .
But it is, in view of the problems chained since the resumption, probably not necessary for Tuchel to take risks with a player undoubtedly still a little short to find the competition in good conditions.
"I hope Icardi can be in the group"
In theory, the thinking should be the same about Icardi.
Affected by the ligament of a knee in early October, the Argentine has continued his specific work in recent days and is very close to a return to the field.
While Thomas Tuchel confided that his striker had only resumed striking on goal this Thursday, he nevertheless opened the door to a return this weekend at a press conference.
“He didn't have a bad reaction, I hope he can be in the squad,” said the coach.
I'm not sure the doctor agrees.
If he can participate in the opposition on the field, we can give him a few minutes of play. It's hard for a player like Mauro to be kept away from the competition for a long time as he has been in recent years. weeks.
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Thomas Tuchel, who can count on the presence of Kean and Sarabia in this sector, will no doubt wait until the last meeting, this Saturday morning, to make a final decision on the composition of his group and the eleven he will align with the occasion of this 12th day of the championship.
The four days between Bordeaux and Manchester offering him more latitude than the time between the clashes against Monaco and Leipzig (3 days), the Parisian coach is (almost) spoiled for choice.
Either preserve its executives, or align them so that they find the rhythm and the automatisms necessary to negotiate their new “final” as well as possible against the Reds Devils.
A second option which, given the lack of condition of some, seems to hold the line.
The probable team against Bordeaux:
The probable team against Bordeaux:
Navas - Florenzi, Danilo Pereira, Kimpembé - Veratti, Paredes, Rafinha - Di Maria, Mbappé, Neymar.