Nimes Manager Questions Scheduling Decision Over Fixture Against PSG

Paris Saint-Germain is set to return to action following the current international break on Oct. 16 when it will meet Nimes Olympique for a Ligue 1 fixture. This contest is set for a Friday, which will be just two days removed from the conclusion of the ongoing international break.

Nimes manager Jerome Arpinon is not pleased with the call to have his team’s early season fixture against PSG on a Friday. Many Nimes players will be just returning from the October international break, so fitness concerns could come into question with the congestion in fixtures.

Arpinon spoke further about this matter to the French-based outlet Objectif Gard.

“Everyone is talking about the internationals of PSG, but for squads like us it’s complicated,” Arpinon said. “You pick up your tired or injured internationals. You should know that it’s still the club that pays them and not their country.

“The truce falls badly then they place the matches too close to the championship. Then they put the game on Friday.”

PSG will face this dilemma as well. The likes of Marco Verratti, Leandro Paredes and Neymar will all be just several days removed from last featuring with their respective national teams before the fixture against Nimes. PSG manager Thomas Tuchel could opt to rest multiple players against Nimes, but considering that the club has already dropped points this season, he could elect to roll out the team’s usual starting 11 for the contest.

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