Paris Saint-Germain seven first-team players will be absent in the match against Lens and coach Thomas Tuchel has acknowledged that his side will find things difficult.
At the Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 opener Thomas Tuchel expects a “very tough” match against Lens following several players tested positive for coronavirus.
Dominating PSG champions are without seven players for Thursday’s clash at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis, with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Angel Di Maria among their absentees.
Finalists from the Champions League have had less than three weeks off since their campaign ended in 2019-20 and Tuchel admits that finding their groove will take time for his side.
“It’s a little weird to start with a very difficult match in Lens,” he said at his pre-match news conference say Washington Post. “Normally, after a final, we have a preparation phase with friendly matches.”
“But starting with a Ligue 1 match in Lens, it’s going to be very hard. For me, it’s important that we don’t expect too much. We will give everything, but we will also be humble.”
“We are looking to find solutions. The situation is more complicated with seven players affected by COVID-19, but we have confidence.”