Ligue 1: PSG Boss Thomas Tuchel raises concern on intense fixture schedule that sees his side play five games in 16 days

PSG Boss Thomas Tuchel raises concern on intense fixture schedule that sees his side play five games in 16 days

PSG Boss Thomas Tuchel raises concern on intense fixture schedule that sees his side play five games in 16 days

PSG Boss Thomas Tuchel raises concern on an intense fixture schedule that sees his side play five games in 16 days.

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has criticized intense fixture scheduling, saying the pile-up of games this season would ‘kill the players.’

Last season’s Champions League finalists are playing catch-up in Ligue 1 after not concluding the last campaign until August 23.

Their new league season started on September 10 and this Saturday’s visit to Nantes – coming hot off the heels of a Champions League trip to Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday – will be their fifth game in 16 days.

Tuchel’s side must still play RB Leipzig in the Champions League and Rennes in Ligue 1 before the November international break then face a slog of 10 more games before Christmas.

And Tuchel, having seen star player Neymar suffer an adductor injury in midweek, has hit out at the hectic schedule.

Speaking before the Nantes match, the German said:

‘We’re going to kill the players,’

‘That’s what I’ve always said. We are going to kill them because there is an important link between preparation, performance and rest.

‘In football it always falls on the greatest players because they will always play for their country.

The fixture pile-up hasn’t seemed to affect PSG’s domestic form and the reigning French champions are already top of the table on goal difference from Lille after eight matches.