Thomas Tuchel: 'Find the solution at Metz'

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The Paris Saint-Germain coach is juggling a number of injuries as he prepares for Friday's league encounter with Metz.

We have six injured players: Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer, Ander Herrera, Abdou Diallo, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé. Neymar Jr also won't be there because his situation hasn't changed since the game against Toulouse. All the other players are available for the trip.

We have prepared this game in the same way as the others. Before an international break, the situation isn't difficult to handle. It's more their returns, because our internationals will have travelled, some will have played in different positions, and that makes things more tricky. We're focussed on Metz right now, and trying to find a solution on the pitch.


I'm calm in relation to all that. The situation in the world of football can sometimes be crazy, so it's not the time to lose your head. We have to work with the fact anything can happen in the next four days, or the situation could stay as it is. I have to stay focussed on the things I can influence: training, the team and the preparation for tomorrow's match.

I don't think the intensity of a pre-season is dangerous, but at the end of a season where the players at big European clubs play in 20-team leagues, play two domestic cup competitions, have Champions League matches and international games with their country...That volume of games increases the risk of injuries, but there isn't just one reason to explain it. This summer, the players who played the Nations Cup or the Copa America arrived back late, and now we're going into another international break with EURO 2020 qualifiers notably. Of course, the fans want to see the big-name players playing, but we also have to protect them. In each game, I can have six players on the bench and make three changes. It's difficult. We have to try to keep things under control, limit the risks, but it's difficult with the intensity of all these competitions.

Jesé is in the squad. He's been training with us from the first day, he's shown his professionalism in each pre-season session. He also played in friendly matches and knows our playing style. He trained well today, we'll decide tomorrow.