Paris Saint-Germain reached their tenth Coupe de la Ligue final after a convincing 3-0 win over Stade de Reims on Wednesday night.
While the chance to play for a trophy is certainly something to be elated about, we all know that the UEFA Champions League is the priority and in the run-up to the tie against Borussia Dortmund in the Round of 16, Les Parisiens cannot afford to have any major injuries.
Against Reims, Marquinhos and Marco Verratti were both subbed off before the final whistle with apparent injuries.
The trip to Germany is now less than a month away and losing these two key players would be catastrophic for manager Thomas Tuchel. Luckily for him, the injury scare is not thought to be a serious one.
“He [Marquinhos] felt something in the hamstrings, that’s why he preferred to go out. It is not too serious but it is really a shame,” Tuchel said via Le Parisien. “We absolutely need Marquinhos, he is a key player for us.”
Marquinhos recently signed a contract extension with the club and opened up the scoring for PSG at the Stade Auguste-Delaune. His versatility to play both as a defensive midfielder and center-back is vital for Tuchel and in my opinion, the Champions League cannot be won without him.
Verratti was on the receiving end of an extremely dangerous tackle from Marshall Munetsi and according to Tuchel, the effects of the challenge are still being felt by the Italy international.
“He is in a lot of pain but we have to wait until tomorrow (Thursday) to talk more about it.”
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Thankfully, the official on the night gave Munetsi a straight red for his reckless challenge but that doesn’t help PSG in the build-up to the most important match of the season on February 18 against Dortmund.
Until then, PSG has to travel to Lille OSC this Sunday and then three days later, they have another road test against the semi-amateur side Pau FC.
PSG will face Olympique Lyonnais in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue on April 4.
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