Paris Saint-Germain players have not had much of a break since the new Ligue 1 season kicked off in September. The club has played in eight fixtures in all competitions since its opening 1-0 loss against RC Lens to kick off the new season. While PSG has had two international breaks over this time period, many of the team’s players have also gone out to play in competitive fixtures for their respective national teams as well.
The heavy congestion in fixtures has certainly taken a toll on the club. PSG has had to rule out a multitude of players from fixtures due to injuries over the past month. And the club is still slated to continue to regularly feature in competitive action over the upcoming months in Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League games.
Former PSG physical trainer Raphael Fevre has noticed that the club is dealing with fatigue from its current schedule. He believes (via Le Parisien) that PSG needed to have an extensive break following its Champions League final contest in late August but was unable to since the new Ligue 1 season had already kicked off.
“Generally, it is estimated that to obtain complete relaxation of the body, a player needs two to three to weeks,” Fèvre said. “From what I could see from the outside, the biggest concern is that the players did not have a real cut. The end of the season, confinement, the climate was anxious for everyone. And the players all continued physical work from a distance. This is not a vacation with a real break where the body can relax.”
PSG is set to play in five fixtures next month while a select few will play in a couple more over the international break. The club will simply have to progress forward and rely on its depth over the heavy run of fixtures.
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