It is not all the after-matches that Marquinhos, Kimpembe or Icardi find themselves striding with the young Titis who did not come into play. After the victory in Brest (3-0) and the qualification for the round of 16 of the Coupe de France, however, is what happened on the lawn of Francis Le Blé.
This Sunday, back at the Loges camp, the three probable holders against Barcelona on Wednesday, but also those who played less in Brest (Gueye, Rafinha in particular) were joined in training by Neymar and Florenzi, who remained in Paris on Saturday .
The choices made by Pochettino during the last outings before the reunion with Barcelona underline that the Parisian group is damn filled.
Apart from Juan Bernat (knee), whose return is scheduled for early April, and Moise Kean (end of Covid), the list of unavailable players has been reduced.
Only Thilo Kehrer left as a precaution because of a discomfort in the adductor, in Brest, has possibly added a name in the section "infirmary".
Small additional session at the end of the match for the substitutes in particular Marquinhos, Kimpembe or Icardi #Brest #CoupedeFrance pic.twitter.com/wNrJcdYPWL
- Le Parisien - PSG (@le_Parisien_PSG) March 6, 2021
Pochettino is pleased: "Little by little, we are recovering players and the group is getting stronger".
As the return leg against Barça approaches, the main good news naturally concerns Neymar.
The Brazilian, affected with the adductors on February 10, in Caen, has resumed collective training for a few days and intends to be part of the group which will go green on Tuesday.
His presence on the bench Wednesday night would already be a great victory.
"The team will be prepared to be competitive"
In the meantime, Neymar is celebrating the anniversary of his professional debut, with Santos.
“12 years ago I made my childhood dream come true.
I love you football, ”he wrote on social networks.
“And unbelievable as it sounds: the best is yet to come,” his father commented.
Há 12 anos atrás eu realizava o meu sonho de criança 😍❤️⚽️ TE AMO FUTEBOL pic.twitter.com/oHSJdKhqSM
- Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) March 7, 2021
Angel Di Maria has also won his race against time.
Hit in the thigh in Marseille on February 7, he returned to competition in Brest, replacing Sarabia (66th).
There is therefore only Thilo Kehrer to raise a doubt.
But Florenzi, absent from the last three games for a small injury to the right adductor, seems to return in time to regain his place.
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In any case, all these questions do not seem to bother Pochettino too much.
“For two months that I have been in France, I have seen that there is a terrible panic over injuries, preparation, everything that precedes a match like the one against Barcelona, he said, a bit annoyed.
The team will be prepared to be competitive.