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Thomas Tuchel warned that such a demanding schedule will “kill the players” after Paris Saint-Germain suffered three other injuries in a Ligue 1 goalless draw with Lille.
Tuchel already had to deal with a long list of absentees before facing title contenders Lille at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, with Neymar and Mauro Icardi among the stars who will be left out.
Kylian Mbappé is also not fully fit and was limited to a late appearance as a substitute on his 22nd birthday, as the champions missed their chance to rise to the top at the expense of their opponents.
PSG then lost Presnel Kimpembe, Alessandro Florenzi and Layvin Kurzawa in Sunday’s clash, so they face the prospect of being even more exhausted when they face Strasbourg on Wednesday.
Tuchel topped the list of matches after a stalemate that leaves his team one point behind leaders Lille and second-placed Lyon.
He told Telefoot after PSG’s first goalless draw in Ligue 1 since taking office: “You know my opinion, we are going to kill the players.
“We are always allowed to play at nine o’clock [in the evening]. We lack rhythm to eat, sleep, recover. But it will continue like this.
“Today we miss Neymar, Kylian, Mauro, Juan (Bernat). We are surprised? No. Three new players are injured now. Well done. “
0 – Paris have conceded their first 0-0 draw in Ligue 1 since May 2018 against Caen. It is the first time that PSG has participated in a goalless match in the top flight under the leadership of Thomas Tuchel (81 matches). Harmless.#LOSCPSG pic.twitter.com/ymlKczMSJ0
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One positive was the return of captain Marquinhos from a hip injury and the defender knows that PSG must be more ruthless after only one of their eight shots went on target, a particularly wasteful Moise Kean.
“We were able to control the game, but we could have been more dangerous,” the boss told Telefoot. “We had to be well organized.
“This is an important point for us, but we are always looking for victory.”